THE last week has been a pretty surreal one for Dalry teen Ben Doak.

The Scotland under-21 international made his first team debut for the Anfield side in their Carabao Cup contest against Derby County on Wednesday, November 9.

While on Saturday, the former St Palladius Primary School pupil retained his spot on the bench for Jurgen Klopp's side in their 3-1 win versus Southampton.

Now, the teen, who only turned 17 on Friday, has taken another massive step in his career.

Doak signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC - meaning the youngster will now be viewed as a full-time first-team player.

He is no stranger to first-team football, of course, having made a handful of appearances in his time at Celtic before making the switch to Merseyside this summer. This included a brief appearance in an Old Firm match versus Glasgow Rangers.

This contract is the latest upturn in a season that has seen Doak progress far quicker than many would have expected.

He started the season with Liverpool's under-18 side, also making appearances in Premier League 2 and the Papa Johns Trophy for the under-21s and notably for the under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League.

Doak scored four goals and provided four assists to help the young Reds top their Youth League group and progress to the last 16.

And back home in Dalry, Doak's family have been able to share in his success.

When the news of his contract was shared online, his mother Deeann commented: "Only the beginning for you kiddo. What a week! Keep working son, extremely proud mum."

While his former primary school shared pictures of Ben's ecstatic younger brother who was showing off one of Doak's Liverpool tops.