Former Liverpool player John Aldridge has appealed to Jurgen Klopp to include teenage sensation Ben Doak in the starting lineup for the upcoming match against LASK.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the former Anfield legend passionately advocated for the inclusion of the Scottish youth international in the starting XI, as Doak is widely regarded as Liverpool’s most promising prospect.
Highly esteemed by Liverpool’s coaching staff as a potential ‘special’ talent, the young winger has already showcased his abilities for both the club and his national team this season. Doak is anticipated to play a significant role for Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League.
The opening fixture in Austria against LASK this week could be the perfect opportunity to grant Doak his first start for Liverpool, as he is a prospect who holds immense potential in this competition.
Numerous fans are eagerly anticipating the 17-year-old’s inclusion in the starting lineup, and Aldridge is among them. The pundit expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s not my decision to make; only the manager knows who needs playing time. But personally, I’d be thrilled to see young Stefan Bajcetic returning from injury, Quansah performed well last weekend, and Elliott too, but it’s especially fitting for Doak. I’d love to witness Ben Doak in action.”
The Europa League fixtures offer Klopp the opportunity to rest key players for Premier League matches while affording young and fringe players the chance to shine in European competition.
Arguably, Doak should be Klopp’s first choice for the starting lineup ahead of this week’s trip to face LASK, as the Scottish wonderkid is poised for a genuine opportunity with the senior team.
Indeed, Doak has demonstrated enough this season to merit a place in the starting XI, making him an ideal candidate to step in for Mohamed Salah in the upcoming Premier League clash against West Ham this weekend.