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According to Simon Hughes on The Athletic (subscription required), Liverpool are trying to find the right loan move for young star Bobby Duncan.
Well, the cousin of Reds legend Steven Gerrard enjoyed an excellent 2018/19 campaign in the Merseysiders’ youth ranks, netting an eye-catching 25 goals in 36 games including a screamer against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup final.
After that exquisite campaign, clubs such as Borussia Dortmund have taken an interest in the 18-year-old, although Jurgen Klopp has name-checked the teenager as a player who he will keep an eye on – Duncan certainly did his chances no harm with a goal in pre-season against Tranmere.
Simon Hughes had this to say on the matter: “Interesting (to me anyway) Liverpool have been trying to find the right loan move for Bobby Duncan over the last few weeks. He was offered to at least one club in Sweden but the move hasn’t happened (yet). Liverpool very keen at the moment to get young players experience abroad. Klopp believes it helps broaden their minds.”
It is of great significance that Liverpool find the right place to send Duncan out on loan.
A season of a youngster’s career at this stage is critical and could potentially shape how well they do in future, and we have already seen instances where some loan moves haven’t gone to plan for Liverpool starlets – Ovie Ejaria’s switch to Rangers was terminated after he struggled to settle.
A player of Duncan’s talent needs regular football in order to develop his vast array of talents, so those associated with Liverpool should be happy to hear about Klopp’s plan for the teenager.
Additionally, the part about broadening their minds shows that Klopp has a greater outlook on a youngster’s development aside from what they do on the pitch – a lot of being a footballer is down to the mentality of a player.
With Rhian Brewster, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi ahead of him in the Anfield pecking order, the chances of Duncan getting first-team football at Liverpool right now are slim, so this decision is surely best for all parties.