'Direct, quick' 16-year-old signed for £600,000 is named as Liverpool's best prospect
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'Direct, quick' 16-year-old signed for £600,000 is named as Liverpool's best prospect

Ben Doak has been picked out as the best prospect at Liverpool right now by the Guardian. The 16-year-old is certainly one to watch.

The Guardian put out their annual list of the Premier League’s best youngsters this week. They pick a top young talent from every team – the players most likely to form the next generation.

And for Liverpool, they’ve picked Ben Doak. The 16-year-old Scot arrived from Celtic this year, with the Reds paying £600,000, as per the article. It’s a fairly steep price for such a young player – but it appears to be worth it.

Doak, after all, had played for Celtic’s first team before moving to Liverpool’s academy. They rated him incredibly highly and as it turned out, the Reds did, too. They pushed for a deal, got one, and now have one of the best young wingers around.

Here’s how the Guardian describe Doak:

“There is an element of the street footballer about Doak, a winger in the more traditional sense who loves to get on the ball, attack his man and make things happen. Direct, quick and with an eye for goal, the confident Scot has hit the ground running at Liverpool and been a standout player for the Under-18s this season.”

Ben Doak is the latest great Liverpool prospect

The Guardian post this list every year, of course. Last year saw Kaide Gordon picked – someone who went on to score for the first-team. Injuries have halted his progress a little but he remains a sensational prospect.

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2020, Jame Balagizi was the pick. He hasn’t quite shown the same potential as Gordon and Doak but the talent was there for a first-team appearance. He’s now on loan at Crawley Town and Liverpool certainly haven’t given up on him.

Doak, though, appears to be on another level and the Reds clearly signed an elite prospect here. Certainly, he’s one to keep an eye on throughout the season.

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