'Fantastic' 16-year-old Liverpool prospect has just scored nine minutes into his international U21s debut
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'Fantastic' 16-year-old Liverpool prospect has just scored nine minutes into his international U21s debut

Liverpool youngster Ben Doak has scored on his Scotland U21 debut. The 16-year-old didn’t waste any time at all.

Ben Doak came off the bench for Scotland Under 21s on Thursday afternoon, making his debut at the level. Scotland faced Northern Ireland in a friendly – a match they’d eventually win 3-1.

And Doak made sure to have an impact. He entered the game on 29 minutes and took only nine more to find the net. It was a fine goal, too, as he raced clear behind a high line before finishing.

Ben Doak scores on Scotland U21 debut

Doak has been in fine form at youth level this season. His three U18 Premier League starts have brought two goals and an assist. Similar results followed in the UEFA Youth League – a goal and an assist across two games.

Liverpool won’t be surprised that he’s taking to it all with ease, though. He arrived from Celtic earlier in the year with a big reputation, having already made his senior debut for the side.

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou called Doak ‘fantastic’ via The Scotsman and Liverpool always seemed eager to snap him up. He immediately showed why, too, with a goal on his debut for the U18s.

Doak is making a habit of this, then. It seems he can deliver at every level – or at least, takes no time at all to fit in. It’s a hell of a trait to have at 16 years old.

Liverpool fans shouldn’t expect to see Doak in the first-team setup anytime soon, of course – he’s very young and has plenty of talent in his way. But it feels like he’ll be showing off in the U21s before long. Certainly, he’s earned himself more of the spotlight at both club and international level this season.

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