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Bobby Duncan row intensifies

The relationship between teenage striker Bobby Duncan and his club Liverpool has suffered a serious breakdown over his desire to leave the club for a continental side before the European transfer window closes.

Duncan, the first cousin of Steven Gerrard, has been linked with loan moves to Danish side  Nordsjælland and Fiorentina, but the Anfield side has refused to sanction either deal, contending that his development is best served on Merseyside.

In the ensuing arguments, he was left out of the Liverpool under-23 squad that faced Southampton on Monday night, with the player’s agent accusing the club of causing him “deep mental stress” and vowing that “he will never go back to them”, arguing that any fines imposed by the club will not make a difference to his client’s position because he is on such a small salary anyway.

.Liverpool have responded robustly to the accusations stating that they “aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players”.

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