Fresh off the back of a refreshing win against Wolves at Molineux, Ben Doak will be relishing the small appearance he made in that win. The 17-year-old has only made 5 appearances for the Reds so far this season but fans have taken a strong liking for the confidence Doak has on and off the ball this early on in his career.
With the Reds struggling for form in the league this season, Klopp may feel that a youthful burst of energy may be just the thing that the first XI needs while trying to recapture the intensity that made the “mentality monsters” of years gone by. Doak has boasted a respectable 8 goals and 6 assists in all competitions this season and fans will be hoping that if he does get a chance in the first team he can replicate those numbers. He has also started to build-up steam on the international stage. With three under-21 appearances and a goal to his name for Scotland so far, Doak will be hoping that even at his young age he can join up with his teammate Andrew Robinson up at Hampden Park relatively soon. Especially with the Euro 2024 qualifiers yet to played.
With fixtures coming thick and fast there will more than likely come a time in the coming months where Doak may be needed. Injuries to Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and even short term absences such as Darwin Núñez, means the Reds’ medical department will be working overtime this winter.
With Klopp favouring to use youth in the cups, it would be fair to assume that the next opportunity for Doak would probably be Brighton away in the FA cup 4th round. However, with Brighton being in such fine form we may have to wait a few more months before we can watch the “Scottish Messi” running down the wing at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.