'What a player he already is,' says Liverpool old boy

'What a player he already is,' says Liverpool old boy

'What a player he already is,' says Liverpool old boy

Teenage striker Ben Woodburn must be handled carefully despite his eye-catching worldwide debut, Wales and Liverpool great Ian Rush has warned.

Despite their travails in the group - Moldova's only points have come from two draws against Georgia - a 10,400-capacity crowd is expected at the compact Zimbru Stadium.

Woodburn's superb long-range strike against Austria - coming when he was 17 years and 322 days - put him second on the list.

But Woodburn - who turns 18 next month on October 15 - could have played for England as he had dual nationality being born in Nottingham and brought up in Cheshire.

And, while there are more than 800 miles between Chisinau and Moscow, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and new hero Woodburn can take another huge step towards Russian Federation in the Moldovan capital tonight.

"I'll most probably see him when I'm back at Melwood [Liverpool's training ground]", Rush said. 'I wanted to get him on board because we knew he was a great player.

"But he's a typical winger - likes to take on a player, likes to shoot, likes to cross".

"Everyone was proud of him, the way he came on and made a difference [in both games]", Rush said. "He's Welsh anyway, so he's ours", the Real Madrid star added.

Andy King expects Ben Woodburn to have a big future with Wales after his dramatic introduction to worldwide football.

It wasn't always pretty, and certainly not easy, but it was a vital and important win, one that set up the trip to Moldova on Tuesday night. "We have to go to Moldova and do the same, but the feeling is that we can have momentum again".

"I've been in that position before, as a youngster it's a lot to come in, so we don't want to put pressure on his shoulders".

"We've got to do it the hard way now - three points against Moldova and go to Wales and have to win, and that's what we plan to do".

"Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp loves him but he's not rushing him straight in and I think the same with [Wales boss] Chris Coleman", Rush said.

Ireland were more impressive than they had been in drawing 1-1 against Georgia at the weekend but failed to seriously trouble Vladimir Stojkovic in the Serbia goal. "When that individual scores we are so happy for them but also happy for us as a nation".

"It's one step at a time but he will learn off those players and they will help him", said Rush.

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