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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish sends warning over Ben Doak: "It's not a Cinderella story..."

Rory O'Callaghan

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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish sends warning over Ben Doak: "It's not a Cinderella story..."

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has called for patience with one of the club's best young prospects.

Ben Doak, 17, has been tipped for a bright future on Merseyside after breaking into the Liverpool first-team earlier this season.

Doak joined Liverpool from Scottish Premiership side Celtic in March last year, with the Premier League side paying only a £600,000 compensation fee for the winger.

After impressing in the U18 side, Doak was handed his senior Liverpool debut in November when he brought on as a late substitute in a win over Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

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Five days later he signed his first professional deal with Liverpool and made his Premier League debut the following month, in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

He has now made five senior appearances for Liverpool and could play a more prominent role for the Reds next season.

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Doak has also made great progress on the international stage and is already a Scotland U21 international.

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Prior to the international break, there were suggestions that he might be called up to Scotland's senior squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Cyprus and Spain.

However, Scotland manager Steve Clarke opted to leave the youngster out of his 23-man squad.

Dalglish: Give Doak a chance to breathe

Former Liverpool player and manager Dalglish says it was the right decision to omit Doak and believes the youngster needs more first-team experience at club level before making the step up to senior international football.

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"It's not a Cinderella story," said Dalglish, speaking in partnership with Viaplay.

"He'll get there eventually but let's not push him too quickly.

"The wee man has done brilliant at Liverpool. They really enjoy what he's done. He certainly looks the part but give him time to settle down.

"For a 17-year-old to leave his home town for Liverpool, give the wee man a chance to breathe."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Liverpool, Football, Premier League, Scotland

Rory O'Callaghan
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