Liverpool have captured teenage sensation Ben Doak from Celtic despite Leeds lodging a better offer for the winger.
The Reds were among several sides eyeing the Scotsman and they were able to wrap up a deal last month, with the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp convincing Doak to move to Anfield, according to The Athletic. Doak made his senior Celtic debut back in January and boss Ange Postecoglou was desperate to keep the teenager, which saw him become their second-youngest ever debutant.
Doak has posted a photo on social media that shows him signing his Reds contract at their AXA Training Centre with the caption: “Looking forward to a new chapter.” Leeds were understood to have offered Doak better terms to head to Elland Road, but a switch to Anfield proved too tempting.
Doak moves south for a compensation fee believed to be in the region of £600,000. The success of Liverpool academy graduates Curtis Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold also played a part in the teenager’s thinking as it became clear there was a pathway to the first time.
Klopp has spoken highly of the club’s young ranks and those who help develop their youth products. He said previously: “I am never short of a positive word to say about the work our Academy guys do. They help to nurture players who are exceptional young men as well as very talented athletes. Their hunger to learn is what stands out.
“They come to us with a freshness and eagerness to absorb all the knowledge and experience of the more established stars around them. That is because of the outstanding LFC Academy staff. The environment they create, the culture.
“Ultimately the young players must be receptive, and how they adapt and integrate is very much down to them. If you ask any of our first team they will tell you we are blessed with an exceptional group.”
Celtic boss Postecoglou spoke highly of Doak after handing him his first appearance for the Scottish giants. “Ben’s been training with us for a while,” said the Australian. “It was Stephen McManus, actually, who brought him into the group. He’s a fantastic kid who comes from a good family. He looked really composed for his age. He’s have grown up a bit today, it will give him a different perspective on life. He probably would have been on the other side of the terracing if he hadn’t been playing!”
Doak’s role as a winger may see him look to push the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in the future, although Klopp has shown himself to be flexible when finding space in his team for young talents, such as Harvey Elliott.