Liverpool have said that they are “disappointed” by the claims made by young striker Bobby Duncan’s agent over the alleged bullying of the player from the club’s hierarchy.
Duncan, who is 18, had been the subject of interest from clubs this summer with a bid of £1.6 million turned down from Italian side Fiorentina and a loan offer rejected from Danish outfit Nordsjaelland.
The player is still said to be keen to join Fiorentina and he missed Liverpool’s U23’s game against Southampton on Monday with speculation that his future at the club may be in jeopardy.
On Wednesday however, Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie took to Twitter to release an explosive statement in which he hit out at Liverpool claiming that the club had bullied the 18-year-old into staying at Anfield and that he is suffering from “mental issues” as a result which cause him to miss the 23s game in the week.
The statement, which can be read in full here, also outlined that Duncan has not left his room in four days and that his small salary and lack of a new contract means that he will never play for the club again.
A snippet also claims that Liverpool are ruining the life of the player who is cousins with Steven Gerrard.
“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.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.”
Liverpool wasted little time in responding to the allegations made against them by Duncan’s agent outlining that they were “disappointed” by the comments and that they would be working with the player to help resolve the situation.
“Liverpool Football Club is aware of 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.”