Jurgen Klopp has amassed an array of high-calibre attacking expertise at Liverpool however Ben Doak might characterize the longer term at Anfield. Mohamed Salah has maintained his glorious goalscoring kind with 12 targets in all competitions this season after an eye-watering transfer to Saudi Arabia didn’t materialise, whereas Darwin Nunez’s attacking output has improved significantly.
The Uruguayan’s prolificacy in entrance of objective overshadowed his debut season in Merseyside however regardless of some staggering misses, Nunez has returned seven targets and 6 assists throughout 17 appearances for Liverpool this marketing campaign. Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota full a star-studded assortment of attackers with Doak patiently ready within the wings to problem his senior colleagues for minutes. Doak is broadly thought to be some of the thrilling younger skills in European soccer and his market worth has grown exponentially since arriving from Celtic for €700,000 in July 2022. In October’s Transfermarkt Premier League worth replace, Doak had the third largest enhance within the division of 233%, rising from €3million to €10m.
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Doak’s impression at Liverpool thus far
The 18 yr previous loved a breakthrough 2022/23 season with some standout shows within the UEFA Youth League incomes him his Premier League debut in opposition to Aston Villa in December – simply two weeks after signing his first skilled contract. The gifted winger made 5 first-team appearances in whole final season and Klopp spoke glowingly about Doak’s potential this summer time. “Ben Doak, obviously nice signs, he’s with us in training again,” Klopp proclaimed. “Special boy, really confident, has something nobody else delivers really, this kind of dribbling, this kind of straightforward bravery, all these kinds of things.”
Klopp clearly believes that Doak can deal with enjoying for Liverpool’s first-team and he was the third youngest participant to characteristic within the Premier League this season when he got here on in opposition to Chelsea on the opening day. Doak was simply 17 years and 9 months and, coincidentally, the youngest participant to characteristic within the Premier League can be Scottish – Sheffield United’s Ryan Oné.
Doak was handed his first Liverpool begin in opposition to LASK within the Europa League in September, however a slight muscle harm sustained whereas on Scotland under-21 responsibility, sidelined him for a number of weeks, though he not too long ago returned in opposition to Toulouse. Klopp highlighted Doak’s dribbling capability, which is a power of his sport and a throwback to wingers of yesteryear. Inverted wingers have turn out to be prevalent in recent times however Doak represents a basic winger, with the tempo and trickery to beat defenders. While the Scotland youth worldwide can play on the left, nearly all of his minutes with Liverpool have arrived on the suitable. Salah has been a revelation in that function and he’ll realistically proceed in that place till his contract expires in 2025.
Mo Salah’s contract size supplies Liverpool summer time dilemma
31-year-old Salah moved into the Premier League’s top-ten all-time goalscorers this season however together with his contract to run out in 2025, Liverpool will face a choice this summer time with curiosity from Saudi nonetheless lingering. Doak isn’t prepared to switch Salah but and he’s nonetheless at an early stage of his growth however Klopp’s belief within the teen was evidenced by his choice to introduce him for Salah within the season opener in opposition to Chelsea as Liverpool chased a successful objective. Salah is presently valued at €65m
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Doak spoke with nice maturity after scoring for Scotland’s U-21s in opposition to Hungary final month and he was lifelike about his alternatives at Liverpool, citing Salah’s excellence. “I look forward and I do know why I’m not enjoying. It’s as a result of among the best gamers within the Premier League is in entrance of me. So I’ve no motive to complain. I’m simply attempting my finest to be taught from him and all of the others as properly. They’re useless good with me, at all times taking me apart to inform me what I must be doing. They assist me preserve my head as properly. They know the state of affairs I’m in. They have been all the identical as properly, they’ve helped me loads. The gaffer’s fairly quiet. I feel he is aware of that I do know what he expects. I’m simply attempting to get on his good aspect and keep on his good aspect.”
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Jun 30, 2025
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Doak added, “The older players at Liverpool, like Robbo [Andy Robertson] and Mo Salah, quickly remind me, ‘Listen you’re only 17, you’ve not done anything yet, keep grounded and keep working hard’. My first few months when I was in and around it a lot, it was a bit “oh my god, that’s Mo Salah, that’s Andy Robertson. I was starstruck, but I settled in really quickly. They’re all really good. They’re all just normal lads.
“I’ve had a lot of opportunities — much more than last season. I’m really enjoying myself when I get an opportunity but, at the same time, it can get frustrating because I’m not playing as often as I’m used to with the youth teams. I’ve just got to bide my time, but my time is coming. I have a good support group around me and they keep me grounded.” Liverpool’s presence within the Europa League will expose Doak to extra first-team alternatives and the prodigious expertise is one to keep watch over, for membership and nation.
Doak’s Liverpool teammate Andy Robertson stays Scotland’s Most worthy participant
The teenager is already the eleventh highest-valued Scottish participant and there’s been important clamour for him to be included in Steve Clarke’s squad for Euro 2024.
Scotland have loved large success in recent times, qualifying for the match in Germany subsequent summer time, however they lack a participant with Doak’s profile. Clarke is notoriously loyal and he will likely be anticipated to pick nearly all of the squad that secured qualification however Doak might safe a spot on the airplane – if he will get sufficient minutes at Liverpool. Doak’s teammate Andy Robertson stays probably the most worthwhile Scottish participant at €40m, regardless of his worth halving in current seasons from it is document excessive of €80m in December 2019.
Scotland captain Robertson will probably be overtaken by Aaron Hickey quickly with the 21 yr previous excelling at Brentford. The versatile full-back’s valuation has rose from €18m to €30m since transferring to London from Bologna in July 2022.Nathan Patterson and Billy Gilmour’s valuations will rise in the event that they proceed to play often within the English Premier League however Doak stays the largest Scottish prospect in a long time.