Doak delivers again
After handing Ben Doak his full Liverpool debut against LASK Linz last week, Jurgen Klopp made it clear what else he had wanted to see.
“If we could have used Ben Doak a little more often, give him the ball a little more, then we could have had more times on the touch line and pass the ball inside more often.”
Against the Austrians, the Scotland Under-21s international had the fewest touches of Liverpool’s starting XI. Sure, he showed glimpses of his talent but his impact was limited. Against Leicester City it was a very different story.
It was in the League Cup third round last year, against an East Midlands side, when the teenager was handed his first team debut. Now 10 months later, he was handed his first Anfield start and again demonstrated why he continues to excite so many.
And less than a week after starting against LASK, it was clear that Liverpool had taken Klopp’s words on board.
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Much more involved against Leicester as his team-mates looked to get him on the ball, Doak continued to do what he does best as he tormented James Justin by running at the full-back. Such movement saw an early penalty appeal waved away.
A goalscorer against Leicester in pre-season, the 17-year-old was desperately unlucky not to register his first senior goal against the Foxes on this occasion also. From successive corners, Doak was denied by goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk from close-range, and then the underside of the crossbar.
Meanwhile, in the second half he produced that final ball that has sometimes been lacking at seniorRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk