Liverpool’s Ben Doak received high praise on his debut for the Reds against Derby County on Wednesday. The teenager looked electric.
Ben Doak got his Liverpool debut at Anfield in the EFL Cup as Jurgen Klopp brought him on in the second half against Derby County. The 16-year-old has quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting young players at the club.
And so everyone was excited to see what Doak could do. It didn’t take him long to give fans a taste – the teenager was running at defenders within seconds.
Doak’s first effort resulted in a miscue, but it didn’t frustrate him. He carried on attacking Derby everytime he got the ball and looked incredibly aggressive with it.
In fact, Stephen Warnock, doing punditry for the BBC, hailed Doak as Liverpool’s best attacking player after he got on. That’s high praise, given Roberto Firmino, Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott were all on the pitch.
“Liverpool’s best attacking player since he came on has been Doak,” said Warnock. “He’s attacked with real intent and tried to make things happen.”
Ben Doak against Derby
Doak was the most exciting player on the pitch after he got on – no argument there. Whether he was completely dangerous is another question as he wasn’t able to create all that much.
But then, he doesn’t often come up against a situation like this. Doak won’t be used to playing against defences who sit back, 10 men behind the ball, packing their area to eliminate all the space. You don’t see it at youth level.
So we think he handled things very well. As far as first outings go, this was a very impressive one and Doak can certainly build on this. Give him another few games at senior level and maybe he’s ready for the Premier League.