Bobby Duncan: Former Liverpool youngster scores brace for Fiorentina Under-19s as they beat Bologna

16 Sep

Former Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan got off the mark for new side Fiorentina with a brace for their Under-19s in a 6-3 win over Bologna.

Duncan sealed a controversial exit away from Anfield earlier this month after becoming frustrated over his lack of first-team opportunities with the Premier League giants.

Prior to that move Duncan’s agent had sensationally accused Liverpool of ‘holding him against his will and damaging his mental health’, and also ‘bullying’ the player by not allowing him to leave.

He has made a good start to life in Italy though, impressing on his debut in a friendly against Perugia last week before scoring a header and a coolly-taken penalty on Sunday for the Under-19s.

The 18-year-old, who is a cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, posted a picture of himself with Fiorentina owner Rocco B. Commisso after the convincing defeat of Bologna.

Duncan, who scored 30 times in 43 matches for the Reds youth sides last season, is yet to feature for Fiorentina’s senior team.

Duncan left Liverpool in acrimonious circumstances earlier this month
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Interestingly, the forward was named as a youth signing rather than a senior addition upon joining the Serie A outfit.

Jadon Sancho, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Ramsey and other British players’ progress in European leagues this season

8 Sep

The transfer window has finally closed, not only in England but in Europe, too.

Some of the biggest moves involving players from Premier League teams going to Europe included Romelu Lukaku moving from Manchester United to Inter, while Red Devils forward Alexis Sanchez has also joined Antonio Conte’s side on loan.

Lukaku has two goals in two matches at Inter
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A few British players have also tried their hand at moving abroad, including Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Trippier and Chris Smalling.

There’s been a real rise in British players joining foreign clubs recently, particularly after Jadon Sancho’s success at Borussia Dortmund since leaving Manchester City.

So talkSPORT.com has taken a look at some of the most well-known British players who are currently playing on the continent.

Where better to start than 19-year-old Sancho, who you could say has spearheaded this drive for British players to take a step largely into the unknown.

The forward scored twelve goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions last season and made himself a fully fledged England international off the back of his brilliant form.

He’s carried on that great run this season, playing all three of Dortmund’s Bundesliga matches, scoring twice while also providing three assists.

Sancho has been included in the German side’s Champions League squad where they’ll face Barcelona, Inter and Slavia Prague.

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Also playing in Germany is 21-year-old Englishman Ademola Lookman, who secured a permanent transfer from Everton to RB Leipzig in a deal that could rise up to £22.5million, having joined them on loan in January 2018.

Lookman has made a pretty slow start to the season though, playing just 11 minutes in three Bundesliga games and one DFB Pokal match in 2019/20 but has been included in Leipzig’s Champions League squad.

Another player to have secured a permanent transfer to a German club is former West Ham man Reece Oxford, who is best known for his brilliant performance on his Premier League debut where he marked Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil out of the game as a 16-year-old during the opening weekend of the 2015/16 season.

Oxford has played in two out of three Bundesliga matches this season but has only played in 13 and 16 minutes respectively. He was benched for the other one as well as their DFB Pokal match.

Ethan Ampadu, meanwhile, is yet to play any minutes for RB Leipzig after joining on loan from Chelsea.

Arguably the most high profile Brit transferring to a European side saw Aaron Ramsey join Italian giants Juventus after running down his contract with former club Arsenal.

Ramsey will have to work very hard to become a first-team regular at Juve

The Welshman is yet to make his competitive debut for Juve but did sustain a back injury just after recovering from a muscle injury which sidelined him for four months, cutting short his final season at the Gunners.

Ramsey has been included in the Old Lady’s Champions League squad which made the headlines as the likes of Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic missed out.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is also trying out Italy after completing a season-long loan move to Roma. There’s only been one game since his arrival where he was an unused substitute in Roma’s 1-1 draw against local rivals Lazio so it would have been some debut for him if he played.

The England man is in Roma’s Europa League squad.

Another big name to try a foreign league is Kieran Trippier, who left Tottenham to join LaLiga side Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £25million.

He assisted a goal for former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on Trippier’s LaLiga debut
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The full-back, by his own admission, did not play particularly well last season but has started his career at Atleti well and fought his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

He’s played 90 minutes of all three of their LaLiga matches which they have won, keeping clean sheets in two of them.

Trippier, who is in Diego Simeone’s Champions League squad this season, also provided the assist for Alvaro Morata’s winning goal on the opening weekend.



Brandon Thomas, who qualifies to play for England through having an English father, is finding his feet with Osasuna who are currently sixth in LaLiga.

The forward scored just two goals in 24 matches in the top flight last season but has one assist in two Spanish top flight matches in 2019/20, with the telling touch coming against Barcelona.

Mentions should also go to former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who joined Turkish club Trabzonspor in the summer.

He’s yet to make the matchday squad for them but has been included in their Europa League squad this season.

Another former Liverpool striker, 18-year-old Bobby Duncan, left his boyhood club to move to Fiorentina following claims by his agent that the Reds ‘bullied’ him.

Duncan is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
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Fiorentina have not played since Duncan moved but many people will have their eye on him following his acrimonious Anfield departure.

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker is spending the season on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf, has featured in two Bundesliga matches this season as well as a DFB Pokal match.

Watford striker Jerome Sinclair is on loan at Dutch side VVV Venlo and has played in all five of their Eredivisie matches this season. He doesn’t have any goals or assists in 2019/20 to his name at present.


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Bobby Duncan’s agent trolls Liverpool fans on Instagram after securing Fiorentina transfer

3 Sep

The agent of Bobby Duncan has written a lengthy post on Instagram in response to his critics.

Saif Rubie helped Duncan leave Liverpool on the European transfer deadline day, securing a £1.9million move to Fiorentina on Monday.

Duncan’s agent got into a public spat with Liverpool Football Club
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But Rubie came under intense criticism of his handling of Duncan’s exit, even getting embroiled in a social media scrap with Reds legend Jamie Carragher.

And after the 18-year-old secured his move to the Serie A side, Rubie expressed his ‘joy’ at having completed his client’s Anfield exit.

He wrote on Instagram: “To be in the top 1% you have to be prepared to do what 99% of the rest won’t do. In my line of work I know nobody even comes near.

“Not everything in life is black and white and you have to be able to adapt and roll with the punches.

Duncan breaks silence after completing Serie A move

“Now Bobby Duncan has the opportunity to live and experience something not many young English players have done.

“That’s what leaders do. We are not followers. Thanks to all the people who have supported me in this difficult period means a lot.

“The joy of getting the job done makes all the struggle and doubt worthwhile. PS Kevin Prince-Boateng you better look after our little brother.”

Rubie clashed with the Reds and sporting director Michael Edwards last week and even claimed the 32-goal forward was being kept on Merseyside against his will.

Liverpool news: Bobby Duncan says there’s no hard feelings as he completes permanent transfer to Fiorentina

3 Sep

Bobby Duncan says he leaves Liverpool with ‘special memories’ after sealing his permanent move to Fiorentina.

The academy forward’s departure was confirmed on Monday, with the Merseyside club agreeing to sell the 18-year-old for £1.7million.

Duncan’s agent got into a public spat with Liverpool Football Club
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Duncan, the cousin of Reds legend Steven Gerrard, leaves the club having scored 32 goals for Liverpool’s under-18s last season – his first since arriving from Manchester City.

His exit came after an apparently bitter falling out between him, the club and his agent.

The youngster was unsettled at Melwood and told Liverpool he wanted to leave this summer, but club chiefs intended to hold onto him.

That led to an explosive statement from his agent, accusing Liverpool of ‘destroying’ Duncan’s life and saying his mental health had been affected by the Reds’ refusal to sell.

The youngster also came out on social media saying he ‘just wants to play’.

Former Reds stars Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy even weighed in on the argument and slammed the youngster’s agent, with Carragher saying the club will never deal with him again.

Bobby Duncan, cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, was on fire for Liverpool’s under-18s last season
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Manager Jurgen Klopp also launched a strong defence of their handling of Duncan, and all young players at the club, stressing how highly they rated him on Friday.

But, having initially tabled a ‘derisory’ bid, Italian club Fiorentina returned with an improved offer over the weekend and Liverpool’s position altered, with a deal being struck before the European transfer deadline.

And, after getting his wish, it appears there are no hard feelings as Duncan thanked the club for his brief spell.

Transfer news and football gossip: Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave Arsenal, Liverpool to sell starlet Bobby Duncan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to European football?

2 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

Roma are hopeful of signing Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, before today’s 5pm transfer deadline. (Sky Italy)

Kieran Tierney has reportedly told an Arsenal fan he will be ready to make his Premier League debut in two weeks’ time FULL STORY

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could leave Arsenal before today’s 5pm European transfer deadline
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Borussia Dortmund are poised to sign Liverpool’s 18-year-old forward Bobby Duncan, should the Premier League side decide to end his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has terminated his contract with Serie A side Atalanta, just weeks after signing for the club. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have snubbed two loan bids for young star Phil Foden, from Rangers and Roma. (The Sun)

Barcelona have ended their pursuit of Neymar – for the time being. Barca will look to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain next summer instead. (ESPN)

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti says he would be open to signing Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy. (The Sun)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make a return to European football
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Real Madrid are lining up a £64m deadline-day deal for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who was linked with Tottenham and Manchester United this summer. (Daily Mail)

Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng is close to joining Italian champions Juventus. (Bild)

Meanwhile, Juve have not given up on signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic – and could offer Emre Can in exchange. (Sport)

Manchester United will battle Manchester City to sign 19-year-old FK Bodo/Glimt midfielder Hakon Evjen in January. (Daily Mirror)

Bobby Duncan: Liverpool starlet to join Fiorentina on permanent basis days after agent’s explosive statement

2 Sep

Bobby Duncan is close to leaving Liverpool days after his agent accused the Anfield club of ‘bullying’ the young forward.

Duncan, 18, is nearing a switch to Fiorentina of Italy’s Serie A, who have agreed a deal with Liverpool worth around £1.8million (€2m) for the England youth international.

Duncan hopes to complete his move to Fiorentina before Monday’s 7pm transfer deadline
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According to the Daily Mail, Duncan has been given permission to discuss personal terms with La Viola, and also undergo a medical ahead of completing his move to Italy before Monday’s European transfer deadline.

Duncan’s move to Italy comes less than a week after Liverpool were accused of ‘bullying’ and ‘destroying the life’ of the teenager.

His agent, Saif Rubie, last Wednesday published an explosive statement on social media hitting out at the Reds and their sporting director, Michael Edwards.

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He claimed Liverpool were refusing to let Duncan move on, despite the youngster wishing to join Fiorentina, who initially wanted him on loan with the option to buy him outright next summer.

Rubie also clarified the situation around Duncan missing Liverpool Under-23s’ match against Southampton last Monday, revealing he was suffering with mental health issues that had kept him housebound for four days.

Saif Rubie's statement in full

‘There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool.

‘And today [Wednesday] is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.

‘A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

‘It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan.

‘For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.

‘With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.

‘The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.

‘So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.

‘Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under 23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.

‘Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.

‘Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.

‘Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.

‘The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January and beyond to teach him a lesson.

‘This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.

‘It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.

‘I know one thing for sure, and that is he is never going back there again and he’s on such a small salary that no amount of fines will even make a difference.

‘In this situation all that matters is the players health and in this case Michael Edwards has totally ignored that because of his own stubbornness and I really pray that his experience doesn’t happen to any young players again.’

Rubie was later called out on social media by Anfield legend Jamie Carragher, with the pair going on to engage in a lengthy Twitter spat.

Nonetheless, Duncan has been granted his wish to leave days after Rubie’s outburst, with Fiorentina hoping to get the signing over the line before the Serie A transfer window closes at 7pm.

Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan breaks silence on Twitter but instantly deletes post following agent’s criticism of club

29 Aug

Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan has spoken out for the first time since a bust-up between his agent and the club was made public.

Duncan, 18, took to Twitter to write “I just want to play football!”, however the tweet was deleted soon afterwards.

Duncan’s agent got into a public spat with Liverpool Football Club
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Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, released a lengthy statement earlier this week accusing Liverpool of “holding him against his will and damaging his mental health” and ‘bullying’ the player by not allowing him to leave.

He also claimed the forward, did not leave his house for four days due to the stress of not being allowed to leave Anfield on loan. Rubie has since deleted his own Twitter account.

Liverpool released a brief statement on the episode, labelling Rubie’s words as ‘unfounded allegations’.

“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment,” the club added.

Duncan deleted this tweet almost instantly
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Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, moved to his boyhood club last summer following a messy departure from Manchester City.

He enjoyed an excellent campaign with the club’s youth set-up last season – scoring 25 goals and supplying eight assists in 36 appearances for the Under-18s.

Duncan shared the statement by his agent on Twitter, although later deleted it.

“It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex [Inglethorpe] invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan,” the statement read.

“For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.

“With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.

“… the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.

“Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.

“Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.’

Before he deleted his Twitter account, Rubie got into an online spat with Reds legend Jamie Carragher.

“You have made a big mistake and are hurting yourself but more importantly a young lads career. Throwing Stevie Gerrard’s name in also is embarrassing,” wrote Carragher on his Twitter page.

Carragher continued: “I think Bobby Duncan should leave this guy before he gets sacked by the club.”

However, Rubie replied: “Do you want to give advice on how to spit at people from outside of a car? You’re the last person to say or know what’s really going on behind the scenes. Focus on your job and I’ll focus on mine.”

Rubie then went on to say Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards was a ‘glorified data analyst’ while questioning his values of player well-being.

Danny Murphy hits out at Bobby Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie after bullying accusations against Liverpool

29 Aug

Danny Murphy has blasted the behaviour of Bobby Duncan’s agent following his explosive statement criticising Liverpool.

Saif Rubie, who represents the 18-year-old striker, took to social media to accuse the Reds of ‘mentally bullying’ his client after a loan offer from Fiorentina was rejected.

Liverpool have since dismissed the ‘unfounded’ allegations, and Murphy quickly sprung to the defence of his former club.

Duncan finished last season as Liverpool Under-18s top scorer with 32 goals, but he allegedly wants to leave Anfield
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He told talkSPORT: “Liverpool is a wonderful institution which has dealt with top players and young players for many years, and it has a great reputation in doing so.

“There’s no way [sporting director] Michael Edwards or anyone else at the club is going to be bullying anybody.”

Murphy believes Rubie’s Twitter outburst could actually prove detrimental to Duncan, who also happens to be Steven Gerrard’s cousin, as he attempts to make a name for himself in professional football.

“An agent has a responsibility to look after a player and put the player’s welfare first,” the former midfielder added.

“That means creating a relationship with the club that he’s playing at which is best for his career moving forward.

“That doesn’t mean they’re always going to get on. But the last thing you want to do is put your business with the club regarding the player on social media.

Saif Rubie's statement in full

‘There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool.

‘And today [Wednesday] is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.

‘A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

‘It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan.

‘For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.

‘With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.

‘The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.

‘So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.

‘Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under 23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.

‘Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.

‘Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.

‘Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.

‘The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January and beyond to teach him a lesson.

‘This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.

‘It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.

‘I know one thing for sure, and that is he is never going back there again and he’s on such a small salary that no amount of fines will even make a difference.

‘In this situation all that matters is the players health and in this case Michael Edwards has totally ignored that because of his own stubbornness and I really pray that his experience doesn’t happen to any young players again.’

“That means you’re not doing your job properly as an agent if you have to go to social media to start moaning and calling people out.

“It’s bizarre why the agent thinks this is beneficial. It’s ludicrous for the agent to put out that they’re bullying and using these tactics, there’s no way they’ll be doing that.

“No agent should be talking about his player’s mental health problems. That should be dealt with at the club and not put out on social media.”

Another former Red, Jamie Carragher, has also taken issue with Rubie’s comments. The pair got into a spat on Twitter with Carragher urging Duncan to ditch his agent as soon as possible.

Liverpool dismissed Rubie’s claim in a statement of their own.

“Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players,” the statement read.

“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.

“We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved.”

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Liverpool release statement expressing disappointment at ‘bullying’ claims from Bobby Duncan’s agent

28 Aug

Liverpool say they are ‘disappointed’ by the claims made by Bobby Duncan’s agent.

Duncan’s representative, Saif Rubie, accused the Reds of ‘destroying’ his client’s life in an explosive statement on Wednesday after the club rejected a loan offer from Fiorentina.

Bobby Duncan wants to quit Liverpool
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The Serie A club and FC Nordsjaelland are both keen on the 18-year-old forward, but their advances were rebuffed by Liverpool.

Rubie also slammed the Reds for allegedly affecting his mental health.

A statement from the Premier League club read: “Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.

“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.

We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved.”

Duncan, who joined Liverpool from Manchester City last summer, will aim to seal a move away from Anfield before the European transfer window’s September 2 deadline.

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But Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the starlet to sack his agent to avoid getting the boot from Liverpool.

He tweeted: “I think @bobbyduncan999 should leave this guy before he gets sacked by the club.”

Bobby Duncan: Jamie Carragher sparks war of words with Liverpool youngster’s agent after explosive statement

28 Aug

Jamie Carragher has become involved in a Twitter spat with Bobby Duncan’s agent for the explosive statement he released accusing Liverpool of ‘bullying’ the youngster.

Saif Rubie published the statement on social media accusing the Premier League club of ‘bullying’ the youngster and forcing him to suffer mental health issues that have left him housebound for four successive days.

Jamie Carragher responded to the statement on social media
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The 18-year-old forward wants a move away from Anfield and it was claimed the club blocked season-long loan offers.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher hit back at Rubie’s comments and insisted the agent should be giving him different advice.

This sparked a back and forth between the two on Twitter over the handling of the young player.

Rubie also hit out at Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards and criticised his knowledge of players.

Duncan, a cousin of Steven Gerrard’s, was brought to Anfield last summer for £200,000, and he admitted at the time it was a ‘dream’ to join his ‘boyhood club’.

It is understood he left Man City for Liverpool in search of more first-team opportunities, though he did not make a single appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s senior side in 2018/19.

He was included in the first-team squad for Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States, however, and also scored in the 6-0 friendly defeat of Tranmere in July.