Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is “not a special case”, according to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.
The Wales international joined the Championship promotion hopefuls on loan for the campaign before the season began, but has struggled for game time at Brammall Lane so far.
He came back to Merseyside for the under-23 game against Derby County, which was lost 3-2, as it represented an opportunity to him to get some minutes under his belt.
“Ben’s not a special case at all; we’ve got seven or eight players in the same boat, who can’t get in the team, and he’s no different because he’s come from Liverpool.” Wilder explained.
“He’s a talent, we understand he’s a good player, and he’s not done anything wrong. Just as the boys who have been playing haven’t done anything wrong, either.
“There was an opportunity to get him some minutes. He can do all the running he likes up here in training, but there’s nothing like game action and there was an opportunity to get him 65 minutes or so.”
“We were keen, Liverpool were keen and Ben was back with us today.
“It’s always an option for Ben to play for our U23s or their U23s, or in a bounce game – we try to arrange them where we can because players who aren’t playing, because the team is settled, still need match time and action.” he finished.
Liverpool supporters will hope to see Woodburn break into the Sheffield United side to get him some valuable experience over the remainder of the season.