Jurgen Klopp labels former Celtic academy boy the “future of Scotland”

Liverpool manager has heaped praise on former Celtic academy player Ben Doak, calling the 17-year-old “The present and future of Scotland”.

The Ayrshire teenager made his debut at just 16 years of age for Celtic on the 29th of January 2022 as the hoops beat Dundee United 1-0 at Celtic Park.

Doak left Celtic in July 2022, rejecting a contract offer from the club and opting to move to Merseyside.

Ben Doak of Liverpool celebrates scoring Liverpool’s third goal from the penalty spot at AXA Training Centre on August 13, 2022 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Scottish u21 international made his debut for Liverpool in December of last year as he came off the bench in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Doak scored four goals and registered two assists across 13 games in the Premier League 2 last season, with the player also scoring four goals and contributing four assists across eight games in the UEFA Youth League as well.

Klopp has high hopes for the former Celt, saying the following about the 17-year-old in May of this year.

“He’s with us in training again, special boy. Really confident, has something nobody else delivers.

“This kind of dribbling, this kind of straight-forward bravery, all these kind of things.

“Technically really good, high speed, super-promising.”

Doak will look to garner further opportunities in the Liverpool first team this season in what has been an extremely successful move for the player, and by day it seems the move is an extremely disappointing outcome for Celtic.

James French

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