Ben Woodburn has had his loan stay at Sheffield United ended early by Liverpool, reports Goal.

It has not been officially announced yet but Woodburn will not be returning to Bramall Lane this month.

The 19-year-old has been back at Melwood since December receiving treatment for an ankle injury. His loan with the Blades was not due to expire until May.

However, things have not worked out at United and Woodburn has failed to make a single appearance since November 3. In total he played eight times for Chris Wilder’s men and only twice since August 25.

In the meantime the Blades have signed Kieran Dowell from Everton to take his place in the squad. But it seems Woodburn’s time in the Championship is not over yet.

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What next for Woodburn?

Liverpool are expected to take some time out before they decide what is best to do next with the teenager. Despite his struggles in south Yorkshire, Woodburn is still highly regarded by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

The attacking midfielder will be back in training next week and already they are other sides from the second tier of English football showing interest.

Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Hull City have already made enquiries about the fitness and availability of Woodburn. Another loan spell could be on the cards.

Although that will depend on if Klopp views it as a good move for the youngster. Woodburn was understandably frustrated with his lack of opportunities at United.

The Wales international is unlikely to have felt he developed much during his time in Sheffield. It is a gamble clubs like Liverpool take when sending their academy products out on loan.

For example, Ovie Ejaria has recently returned from a less than satisfactory spell at Rangers. The midfielder has already gone back out on loan to Reading.

In contrast, Ryan Kent has been a huge success at Gers under Steven Gerrard, while Harry Wilson is also proving his worth at Derby County.

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