Report: PL club now interested in loan move for Liverpool wonderkid whose ‘potential is enormous’
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Report: PL club now interested in loan move for Liverpool wonderkid whose ‘potential is enormous’

Nottingham Forest are now interested in taking Liverpool teenager Ben Doak on loan in January, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

Steve Cooper’s side are expected to be active in the winter transfer market with the Tricky Trees struggling in the Premier League’s relegation zone.

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The 17-year-old made his debut for the Reds last week as Jurgen Klopp’s men took on Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup, going through to the next round after winning on penalties.

The youngster received heavy plaudits for his short cameo, and he was further given the opportunity to be included in Liverpool’s matchday squad for the side’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

On Monday, the Scotsman penned his first professional contract with the club. Now, a Premier League team are keen to take him on loan in January, after BBC Scotland confirmed Forest scouts were in attendance at Scotland U21’s 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

Forest eyeing move for Doak

With all of this coming at once, this couldn’t have been a better month for Doak.

Just a few months ago, the attacker was still playing for Celtic youth. Now, is he in and around Liverpool’s first-team.

Scotland Under-21’s head coach Scot Gemmill has been full of praise for the teenager in recent weeks. He even claimed the player’s ‘potential is enormous’, having fast-tracked him from the U17’s past the U19’s.

However, whilst loan interest from a Premier League club will have come as a massive boost for the 17-year-old, this could potentially be a bad move for his career.

Forest will be fighting for Premier League survival by the end of the season. That means the stakes will be really high for the whole squad, let alone a teenager who has made just one appearance at senior level.

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If anything, if things don’t go his way, the player’s confidence could be knocked, or he may even be left to rot on the bench.

Therefore, it is probably preferable the youngster stays around Liverpool’s youth team. There, he can play week-in and week-out for the U21’s and he can also train with Klopp’s first-team.

Alternatively, a loan move to a lower-league side could be a good prospect. Perhaps a League One club would grant him regular minutes on the pitch, which would see him get quickly up to speed with the physicality of men’s football.

Either way, a Premier League loan move seems a bit premature for the 17-year-old.

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