Liverpool’s teenage sensation Ben Doak could be in line to join Nottingham Forest on loan in January. The newly-promoted side sent scouts to monitor Doak during Scotland’s U21s clash with Iceland this week, according to BBC Scotland (via Nottingham Post).
The 17-year-old spent his youth career in Scotland and made his senior debut for Celtic in January, before being snapped up by Liverpool for around £600,000 compensation only two months later. Doak has become one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents after making his way up through the Reds’ ranks, making three appearances for the U21 side. He is no stranger to overperforming in his age group, having made his debut for Scotland’s U21 side aged only 16 - scoring after only seven minutes and becoming the youngest ever goalscorer for the youth side.
Doak’s performances earned him his first appearance for the first team earlier this month when he was named on the bench for Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash with Derby County and was brought onto replace Fabio Carvalho halfway through the second half. The Scot’s cameo at Anfield led to plenty of praise by Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds boss praising him as a “lively boy, a smart player, good dribbler”.
Only days after his 17th birthday last week Doak went onto sign his first professional contract with Liverpool and is now could potentially join Forest on loan after the World Cup. The versatile winger put on an impressive performance as Forest kept an eye on him against Iceland and Steve Cooper’s side could be tempted to bring him in as they look to avoid relegation. While Doak has proved to be a real asset to their youth team, the Reds will be eager to provide one of their most promising youngsters with plenty of experience if he is to force his way into the first team picture in the future.