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Ben Doak on breaking into the Liverpool first team

Ben Doak has become a regular in the first team squad this season. He has played four games and been an unused sub for seven more.

Having played in the 3-1 Europa League win at LASK and also last week’s 3-2 defeat at Toulouse, the 18-year-old winger will be hoping to get more game time in Thursday night’s home game with LASK.

“When you start doing well, your confidence goes up as a player and as a person,” he said. “As a player, I said it in an interview in pre-season, it feels night and day.

“The player I was this time last year is nowhere near what I am now. But that doesn’t mean I stop now. I need to just keep going and hopefully I can say the same next year.

“I’m enjoying just being around it, to be honest. I think anyone of my age is lucky to be in and around it. I’m just trying to look for minutes when I can get them.

“Three, four years ago, I couldn’t have imagined being here and being in and around it as much as I have been. When you’re in the moment, it’s fine and you’re just playing football, enjoying yourself.

“After it when you take a step back, you realise, ‘I’m playing at one of the highest levels you can get.’ It’s a dream come true for a young lad.”

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