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What Bobby Duncan said about Liverpool first-team hopes as Reds deny ‘bullying’ claim

What Bobby Duncan said about Liverpool first-team hopes as Reds deny ‘bullying’ claim


 Liverpool forward Bobby Duncan spoke of his desire to make the Reds first-team in the summer, although comments from his agent on Wednesday have now thrown his future at the club into doubt  Saif Rubie sensationally claimed that Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards were “bullying” 18-year-old Duncan and affecting his mental health , with the Reds rejecting loan moves for him from both Italian side Fiorentina and Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland this summer  “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,” said Rubie  “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 ”  Liverpool swiftly denied those allegations , saying through a spokesman: ” Liverpool Football Club is aware 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 featured for the Reds’ first-team in pre-season this summer, scoring in a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park  After the game and his goal, he tweeted: “A day I always dreamed of.  “Making my LFC debut A club that I have admired from a young boy and also supported all my life. Also delighted to top it off with a goal and a fantastic team performance #YNWA”  Duncan also spoke to Liverpool’s official website ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, where he featured in game against Sevilla in Boston, before also going on to play against Napoli and Lyon in friendlies in Europe  “It’s good,” he said.  “The intensity is a lot higher than what I’ve been playing with in the U23s and U18s so it’s a big test for me to see if I can cope with it  “You become more aware in the game when you’re playing and you become more mature as well, as you’re playing with them You can read the game better.  “[I want to] make a good impression in front of the gaffer and hopefully I can stay here now and make my mark ”

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