During the preseason this past summer there were a few names that stood out amongst the youth ranks at Liverpool. None more than the gifted now 18-year old Ben Doak.
He has been seen as the possible heir apparent to Mohamed Salah on the right wing whenever the Egyptian calls time on his Liverpool career.
Doak has a direct style of play that results from his close control prowess and an explosive first few steps that allows him to round many a defender. This season was seen as a big stepping stone for him as he hoped to gain regular football and show his worth.
Unfortunately, his performances were not quite what we were looking for as he left a bit to be desired during his limited opportunities. Throw in a spell on the sideline and it has been a tough go thus far.
However, now with Pep Lijnders confirming he has torn his meniscus, there is a bit of concern surrounding the lads' future.
While he will have access to some of the best rehab possible, there is a chance that he might not return with the same explosive traits that have seen him rise through the ranks.
This is not to say that his Liverpool career is completely derailed and he won't return even better. It just casts a big doubt on how soon that will be. I'd imagine upon his recover from this surgery that is very possible he will be loaned out to show he still has the magic.
I've ben a big fan of Doak's since his arrival to the club. I think he can be a truly special player. However, based off what I've seen this season from his performances and now this injury, his road has gotten a lot longer.
Long-term knee injuries are never good at any age, but perhaps being 18 will help him in the recovery process as opposed to being 32.
As things stand now, Ben Doak has suddenly gone from golden boy to a questionable future. The club will take pristine care of him and he should be given every chance upon his return to stick.
For now, the progress of Liverpool's brightest young star must come to a screeching halt. Get well soon boyo.