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Ben Doak makes Premier League debut for Liverpool

[Photo by Andrew Powell]

Ben Doak has drawn the attention of a lot of Liverpool supporters since arriving at the Reds academy as a 16-year-old in the summer. The winger has flown through the ranks at Liverpool and has just achieved his latest milestone. Doak was handed a late Christmas present from Reds manager Jurgen Klopp who gave him his Premier League debut off the bench against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The 17-year-old was brought on in the 88th minute for Darwin Nunez and wasted no time getting involved. He picked up the ball, ran straight at Lucas Digne, and sold him with a dummy before winning a corner.

Doak made his debut aged 17 years and 45 days making him the fourth youngest player to feature for Liverpool in Premier League history. He also became the youngest ever Scottish player to play in the Premier League. For those who are unfamiliar with the forward here’s a rundown.

Liverpool career so far

Doak arrived at the Liverpool academy from Celtic in the summer and has impressed with his quick, direct running on the right wing and his eye for goal. The winger grabbed two goals and two assists in five games in the U18 Premier League North. His performances were regularly winning praise from coaches and he was moved up to the U21s after two months in the U18s.

The young Scotsman has also been smashing it in the UEFA Youth League. He bagged four goals in the group stages as Liverpool cruised through to the quarter finals. Expect the 17-year-old to feature in the knockout stages in February as well.

[Photo by John Powell]

Since moving up to the U21s he has featured in Premier League 2 and the Papa Johns Trophy as well as training regularly with the first team. He also earned a call-up for Scotland U21s aged just 16 and impressed with his cameos.

He made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup against Derby County in November and signed his first professional contract at Liverpool days later to cap a special week which also included his 17th birthday.

The forward has quickly become a fan favourite at the young Reds with many supporters excited to see how his career progresses after his Premier League debut.

What does the future hold?

At his current rate of progression expect to see Ben Doak in and around the Liverpool first team for the rest of the season. The injury struggles of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have opened up opportunities for Doak in the Premier League. The Reds’ recent acquisition of talented PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo has seen calls from some fans for Doak to go out on loan.

A period of regular first-time football is great for the development of a young player so six months out on loan could benefit Doak’s career. While we’ll have to wait and see what happens in January expect to hear the name Ben Doak for many years to come.

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