Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn has been nominated for the European Golden Boy award for 2017.

The award has been run by Italian sports daily Tuttosport since 2003, with past winners including Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in 2014, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli.

Woodburn, 17, has been rewarded for his rise to prominence at Anfield with a place on a talent-filled shortlist for the award, which recognises the best young player under 21 playing in Europe's top tier.

The Reds forward, who made his first Premier League start at Stoke on Saturday, is shortlisted alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, Everton鈥檚 Tom Davies, Manchester City prodigy Gabriel Jesus, Monaco whizkid Kylian Mbappe, Ajax goal machine Kasper Dolberg and last season鈥檚 winner, Renato Sanchez of Bayern Munich.

Ben Woodburn celebrates becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool history during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds at Anfield on November 29, 2016.
Ben Woodburn celebrates becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool history during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds at Anfield on November 29, 2016.

Also nominated is Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who has been targeted by Liverpool, as well as the American鈥檚 teammates Felix Passlack, Ousmane Dembele and Alexander Isak.

Luca Zidane, son of Real Madrid manager Zinedine, is on the list, along with Patrick Kluivert鈥檚 son Justin.

Woodburn has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, and scored his first goal in the EFL Cup win over Leeds in November.

The teenager made his first Premier League start for the Reds at Stoke on Saturday, and last month was called up to the senior Wales squad for the first time.