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“I’ve heard about him”: 17-year-old forward backed to explode at Liverpool

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Young Scotsman Ben Doak is backed to take off at Liverpool

Speaking to Grosvenor Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo), former Rangers and Celtic striker Kenny Miller has backed young Scottish winger Ben Doak to take off at Liverpool soon.

The 17-year-old was a former Celtic youth player who arrived at Liverpool in the preceding summer. He has been touted by many to go far in the game with the attributes and qualities he possesses.

Doak made his Premier League debut in a brief appearance against Aston Villa on Boxing Day and instantly impressed everyone with the skill to beat an experienced fullback in Lucas Digne. He might get more minutes in the games this season, chiefly in the FA Cup.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ben Doak of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 26, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Here’s what Miller said when asked about the future of the player at Anfield (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve not seen much of Doak so far, but I’ve heard about him for a few seasons now and he’s been a name up in Scotland that’s been on everyone’s lips because of his attributes.

“He’s gone to Liverpool and has really taken off which I think everyone expected him to do because he’s a wonderful young talent.

“Similarly, I knew Billy Gilmour at Rangers. He had similar hype surrounding him and I knew his mentality and character. He was always willing to learn and was probably the hardest-working player as well. I always knew he’d succeed.”

Liverpool already have a Scotsman, Andrew Robertson, who is doing pretty good since his arrival from Hull City in 2017. We have a history of having great Scottish players too, namely Kenny Dalglish and Steve Nicol.

Doak is a winger who can play on either side and can also operate as a number 10. Speed is one of his main attributes, along with trickery on the ball, great dribbling skills and an excellent decision-making mind in the final third.

Ben Doak of Liverpool is challenged by Louie Sibley of Derby County during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Derby County at Anfield on November 09, 2022 in Liverpool, England
Ben Doak has a reputation of going a long way in the game. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

For various youth games at Liverpool, the 17-year-old scored eight goals and assisted six in 15 appearances in all competitions. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with what he has seen of the youngster this season.

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We have a history of acquiring the best young talents, developing them in the academy and subsequently watching them fly for the senior team. Doak could be another one on the list of those who become a Liverpool legend in years to come.