Liverpool Football Club, the talented teenage winger, Ben Doak, has inked a new long-term contract with the Reds. This exciting announcement comes as a testament to the club’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent.
Doak, a Scotland youth international, made headlines when Liverpool swooped in to secure his services from the Celtic academy in the summer of 2022, with a reported transfer fee of £600,000. The young prodigy had already earned his stripes with two appearances for Celtic’s first team, making his potential abundantly clear.
Youth Phenom to Premier League Contender
Ben Doak wasted no time making an impact at Liverpool’s youth level, amassing an impressive tally of 11 goals and eight assists in the previous season. He initially began his journey in the Under-18 setup but quickly outgrew it, thanks to a remarkable start with two goals and two assists in his first four Under-18 Premier League matches.
Doak’s brilliance extended to the UEFA Youth League, where he contributed four goals and four assists from just eight appearances, despite Liverpool’s quarter-final exit at the hands of Sporting Lisbon.
His rise continued as he netted four goals and provided two assists in 13 Premier League 2 games for the Under-21s. Notably, Doak made his first-team debut in an EFL Cup victory over Derby County in November 2022, marking the beginning of his ascent to the top tier.
Impressively, despite his tender age, Ben Doak already boasts two caps for the Scotland Under-21 team. He recently took center stage as a center-forward in a hard-fought Euro qualifying match against Spain, showcasing his versatility and talent on the international stage.
Ben Doak could be on the cusp of his first competitive start for Liverpool as they prepare to face LASK Linz in their Europa League opener. This fixture will also see the return of defensive stalwart Virgil van Dijk from a domestic ban.
Contract Talks Continue
While Liverpool celebrates Doak’s commitment, the club is also engaged in contract discussions with other key players, including the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara, highlighting their dedication to securing a bright future for the squad.
This move follows a trend at Liverpool, where several talented individuals, including Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Stefan Bajcetic, and Adrian, have all recently signed contract extensions, further strengthening the team’s foundation for the future. However, Adrian’s deal is set to expire next summer, adding an element of intrigue to Liverpool’s ongoing contract negotiations.