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According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan has grown concerned about his chances of breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s senior set-up at Anfield.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 18-year-old shone for the Under-18 side last term, smashing in 32 goals for the academy team.

Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, also scored a long-range screamer in the FA Youth Cup final against his old side Manchester City to help the Reds lift the trophy.

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Alongside 21-goal Paul Glatzel up front, the teenager enjoyed an outstanding campaign and looks to have been given his chance in pre-season to show Klopp what he can do – he didn’t get off to a bad start with a goal in the 6-0 win over Tranmere.

Borussia Dortmund, however, are said to be keeping tabs on the 5 foot 7 forward’s situation if he continues to be concerned about his chances.

He simply needs to knuckle down and work hard

How is it that we have got to a stage in football where 18-year-old footballers are becoming concerned about their chances of breaking into the first-team, when they have only ever had one full season in the academy side like Duncan has?

If Duncan knocks on Klopp’s door and says that he wants first-team football because Dortmund want him, the German should say to the teenager that he needs to get his head down and impress him in training, or he can forget about an opportunity in the senior set-up.

What is Duncan worried about? He has more than enough time on his side, and Klopp has already shown that he is willing to trust his youngsters instead of taking a dip into the transfer market with his show of faith in Rhian Brewster.

The 32-goal striker needs to prove to Klopp in training that he is deserving of a chance.


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Billy Meyers