Hearts manager Robbie Neilson believes Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn can recapture his early form which saw him burst onto the scene at Anfield.

The Welsh international has impressed in his two Scottish Premiership appearances since arriving in Gorgie on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool. Woodburn is highly-rated at Anfield and became the youngest scorer in the English Premier League club’s history in 2016.

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session

Woodburn is spending the season on-loan at Tynecastle and he has impressed in his early appearances in Gorgie. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

But he hasn’t fully built on that start and has had three loan spells away from Liverpool since. Manager Jurgen Klopp rates him though and pondered keeping him in Merseyside as a squad player this term, before sending him to Hearts. Neilson hasn’t worked with him too much, but he can already see Woodburn’s ‘quality.’

Neilson said (OG): “I think he is a good player. He is quick, has great feet, he’s direct. He has great awareness. He has everything, really. Will he get to that top, top level? I think he has got a chance. He hasn’t really trained with us much as he has been with Wales. But when he does, you can see his quality.”

Ross County in Dingwall await Hearts this weekend after a 0-0 draw in the Edinburgh derby on Saturday.

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