Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of securing the services of Celtic’s youth prodigy Ben Doak, who is keen on working with Jurgen Klopp.
According to a report from The Athletic, Liverpool are set to complete the capture of Ben Doak. The Celtic whizkid has declined a prolonged stay in Glasgow in favour of a move to Merseyside, as he looks to further his career after making his professional debut earlier in the campaign.
A native of Dalry, Doak is regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of the Celtic academy in recent years. An attacking midfielder by trade, the youngster has shown immense potential in the youth leagues, even representing the Scottish international youth teams.
Celtic will feel hard done by the 16-year-old’s imminent departure to Liverpool. The Hoops had made great efforts to keep hold of the youngster, with manager Ange Postecoglou even handing him first-team opportunities in crunch fixtures against Rangers and Dundee United in the Premiership this term.
However, it wasn’t enough to convince Doak to prolong his stay at Celtic. The report suggests that the teenage prodigy is keen on the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp. His desire to work with the German was one of the main influencing factors in his decision.
Doak’s apparent addition to the Liverpool youth side could serve as a massive boost for the Reds, who have managed to poach multiple talented youngsters in recent years, with some of them even going on to make an impression in the senior team.
Doak is described as a dynamic number ten who offers pace and creativity in the final third. He has demonstrated excellent ball control and is able to make a difference on the pitch with his technical prowess. He could become quite a prospect for Liverpool’s youth teams if he can emulate those qualities in England.
At the age of just 16, it is a bit too soon for Doak to be considered as a potential first-team option for Liverpool. But it will be interesting to see how the teenager fares in their youth squad and whether or not he can maintain his swift progression in England. Only time will tell.