Liverpool tie down striker sensation Ben Doak to professional deal
Liverpool have officially announced that Ben Doak has signed his first professional contract with the club after impressing this season.
The 17-year-old only joined the Reds from Scottish champions Celtic in the summer on an initial scholarship deal but he has been in such good form that they have extended that deal to become professional.
He made his senior debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Carabao Cup penalty win against League One Derby County after his two previous Scottish Premiership games for the Hoops.
Doak has eight goal involvements from just six UEFA Youth League appearances this season having also scored in his only Papa John’s Trophy game for the Liverpool Under-21s.
In September, the teenager was called up to the Scotland Under-21 side for the very first time and he scored within seven minutes of his debut at that level to become the youngest goalscorer in Scottish Under-21 history.
If this rapid rise to stardom continues then it might not be long before Doak is in Steve Clarke’s senior Scotland squad and challenging the likes of Southampton’s Che Adams for a starting spot.
Another arrow in his quiver is his ability to play out wide which he has done a lot for the Under-18s at Anfield this season with Oakley Cannonier undroppable as the team’s main striker right now.
The pair have struck up a tight bond on the pitch in rapid time which has helped the club be successful at youth level already this season and the news of Doak’s contract renewal will only help that.
Klopp might be looking at the Scottish youngster as somebody who could be ready for Premier League involvement at some point this season having already got a taste of what he can do against the Rams.
For Doak, it is all about knuckling down now and his chances will come when he is ready for them.