Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in English football as a result of their fantastic recruitment strategies and their development of young talent with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen graduating into the first team.
One of the most recent success stories to rise out of the Liverpool youth team is Trent Alexander-Arnold, but since Jurgen Klopp has arrived his eye for thriving talent combined with the scouting team’s thorough recruitment routine has seen the club turn players signed into superstars.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson are just some of the players who didn’t cost a fortune to sign but developed into seasoned professionals who win trophies season after season, with the first ever Premier League title won in 2020 a testimony to the team built by Klopp and the powers at Anfield.
However, there has been a constant at the club over the many years of success and that is talent brewing in the U18s, U21s and U23s on the Red side of Merseyside, and there is one player, in particular, who is capturing the attention of the Liverpool boss.
Ben Doak joined the Liverpool academy only this summer from Celtic and has already been hailed by Klopp when he spoke out on the Scottish champions:
“Celtic are doing really well and the Scottish game is full of talent. We have another Scottish boy in Calvin and another big talent in the under-18s (Doak), so it’s a cool place to scout again.”
The 16-year-old who was hailed “fantastic” by Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, has been proving himself to be an absolute nuisance for opponents in both the Liverpool U18 and Liverpool U19 teams with four goals and three assists already tallied up in just eight appearances.
More recently the youngster displayed his talents against Rangers in the UEFA Youth League, contributing to the team’s 4-1 thrashing of his former rivals scoring the second goal in the 26th minute of the clash earlier this week.
With that being said, the future is looking bright for Doak at Liverpool and he could very easily become one of the next superstars to break through into the senior team if he continues to dominate in his position in the youth teams.