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Liverpool legend Dalglish: Wee Doak has been brilliant - but we must be patient

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has no doubts about the potential Ben Doak.

However, he says fans must be patient with the 17 year-old Scot.

"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.

“At 17 and he's moved away from home," added Dalglish, recalling his own experience as a youngster breaking through at Doak's former club, Celtic. "I didn't have to do that. I didn't do that until I was 26.

"So, he's just got to go down there, settle, be happy in the digs he's in and take it from there. If he gets a bit homesick then it's understandable. He's just got to front it up, go and mention it to somebody and they'll help you. Don't be afraid to ask for help, that's the most important thing.

“It was the same when I was 17 (at Celtic). Danny McGrain was 18, and we trained with the first team. Everyone just trained together. They were brilliant with us, like calming you down and encouraging you. They were the Lisbon Lions. They won five trophies in one season, didn't they?!

“It's asking a lot at 17 to go in there with a Premier League team on a regular basis but when he's been in there he's done all right. It might be a bit difficult to drop Mo Salah for the wee man right now!"

The 72-year-old added: “I spoke to him for about 30 seconds one day when we were leaving the training ground. I just said to him, 'Do you want a lift?!' He was good as gold! He's settled in and he has people looking after him. It's important he's happy and content, as the better he'll be on the pitch. He doesn't need my help but if he does, he can always give me a shout. The young lads get very well looked after at Liverpool."

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