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Bobby Duncan looks set to leave Liverpool with just hours remaining in the European transfer window.
The 18-year-old has been keen on an Anfield exit this summer as he is in search of first-team football, which he looks unlikely to get at Liverpool in the immediate future.
A loan move was being mooted by the Reds earlier this summer but a lack of movement led to Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, launching a surprise attack on the club, accusing Liverpool of bullying and causing harm to the starlet’s mental health, which the club denies.
Despite that, it appears that both parties believe it is best for the player to move on, with Duncan himself focused on being able to play football once more.
Having featured and scored for the Reds in a pre-season win over Tranmere in July, Duncan was keen to get involved in more first-team action this season, but with that seeming unlikely – and with youngster Harvey Elliott joining this summer – he has wanted to move in order to realise that aim.
It is a similar story for Liverpool’s other prospects. Players like Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent had successful loan spells at Derby and Rangers last year, with Wilson earning another loan move to Bournemouth as a result, but neither have got close to Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
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Rhian Brewster is another example as he is highly-rated but has played zero minutes this term under Klopp despite featuring regularly during pre-season, so Liverpool’s record suggests it is not a club which currently gives chances to young players.
From the club’s perspective it is understandable. They can’t afford to drop points in the league or lose matches in the Champions League, and it would present too much of a risk to try out inexperienced and untested young players.