Monday, January 30, 2023

‘Really dangerous’ – Pep Lijnders praises three ‘new’ Liverpool signings ahead of Man City encounter

‘Really dangerous’ – Pep Lijnders praises three ‘new’ Liverpool signings ahead of Man City encounter

Pep Lijnders showered admiration on Ben Doak as the Liverpool rookie prepared for his latest appearance with the first team.

Since joining from Celtic during the summer transfer window, the 17-year-old has had a significant impact. Doak has scored eight goals in 15 games at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level.

This resulted in his making his Reds debut in the Carabao Cup victory over Derby County on penalties last month, where he was brilliant off the bench. Doak then signed a professional deal with Liverpool before joining Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the World Cup training camp in Dubai.

Tonight, Liverpool will face Manchester City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. In the past, Klopp has utilized the early stages of the competition to provide opportunities for young players. However, with the Premier League resuming on Boxing Day, Klopp may alter his strategy.

Doak, along with other teens Stefan Bajcetic and Bobby Clark, has been performing well in training while they wait for their next opportunity. And Lijnders says the trio seem like new additions.

Assistant manager Lijnders said: “Yesterday I walked off the pitch, we trained, the session was insane – really cool. And I walk off the pitch with Jurgen and he does a whisper and he just says next to me: ‘Wow, Stefan and Bobby Clark, they play so mature. They play as if they are 25’. And I say immediately: ‘Ben Doak, can you imagine if he was a signing? If he would do this, what he is doing in this session?’

“You all see, he’s very quick, but if you are very quick and technical. That makes a really dangerous player and he learns as well really quick. That’s really nice to see because sometimes you can be really quick and really good with your feet but if you don’t learn team. You need good players, but the collective in the end makes you successful so that has to work. But he adapts really quickly to our style and we are just really happy with three young signings.

“Then I have to make a compliment to Matt Newbury because he is our academy scout and he brings these players in. Nobody hears about them before and it’s not announced as a big signing like everybody. But the boys he brings in, it’s not easy because the boy leaves Celtic, goes to a different part [of the world], Liverpool.

“Or Stefan, who goes from Celta Vigo to here, they leave their country and leave their family. They come really young in our academy, so for the next ones to come hopefully that helps as well that we want to give these boys chances and Ben is just – I like that combination of speed, mentality and technique [and] he has all three.”

‘Really dangerous’ – Pep Lijnders praises three ‘new’ Liverpool signings ahead of Man City encounter

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