Ben Doak has sealed his move to Liverpool from Celtic despite Leeds being better off at the teenage sensation, but the Jurgen Klopp factor helped sway the deal
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The Reds were among several sides eyeing the Scot and they were able to secure a deal last month with the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp and convincing Doak to move to Anfield the athlete. Doak made his senior Celtic debut in January and boss Ange Postecoglou was keen to keep the teenager, making him their second youngest debutant ever.
Doak has posted a photo on social media showing him signing his contract with the Reds at their AXA training center with the caption: ‘Looking forward to a new chapter.’ It was understood Leeds would do better conditions for the route to Elland Road, but a move to Anfield proved too tempting.
Doak moves south for an estimated £600,000 compensation fee. The success of Liverpool Academy graduates Curtis Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold also played a part in the teen’s thinking as it became clear there was a way for the first time.
Klopp has praised the club’s young ranks and those who help develop their youth products. He previously said: “I never fail to say a positive word about the work of our Academy people. They help nurture both exceptional young men and very talented athletes. What is striking is her thirst for learning.
“They come to us with a freshness and an eagerness to absorb all the knowledge and experience of the more established stars around them. That’s because of the amazing staff at the LFC Academy. The environment they create, the culture.
“Ultimately the young players have to be receptive and how they adapt and integrate depends a lot on them. If you ask anyone from our first team they will tell you we’re blessed with an exceptional group.”
Celtic manager Postecoglou praised Doak after giving him his first appearance for the Scottish giants. “Ben has been training with us for a while,” said the Australian. “Actually, it was Stephen McManus 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 grown up a bit today, that will give him a different perspective on life. He probably would have been across the terrace if he hadn’t been playing!”
Doak’s role as a winger could see him pushing the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in the future, although Klopp has proven flexible in finding space for young talent like Harvey Elliott in his team.
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