Jurgen Klopp faces a tough decision over academy star Bobby Duncan: play him or lose him.
Duncan thrived in his first season at Melwood. The 18-year-old, who we’re obliged to say is Steven Gerrard’s cousin, bagged 32 goals for the academy and won the Youth Cup. He may just have the talent to break through.
And that puts him in an interesting position. Because what happens when young, English talent are on the brink of exploding? German clubs look to take them away, of course.
Borussia Dortmund are one of the clubs in question, according to the Daily Mail, seemingly wanting to replicate that Jadon Sancho magic.
Two things work in Dortmund’s favour. First, Duncan wants first-team football. Who could blame him after scoring 32 academy goals? He must see the spotlight on Sancho, who began last season at the age Duncan is now.
Secondly, he’s ‘concerned’ about his chances of breaking into Klopp’s first-team. And that’s how a club like Dortmund could pounce.
Klopp’s Duncan decision
It leaves Klopp with a tough decision over Duncan and several questions to answer. Does he risk losing a talented youngster or does he force him into the squad?
Making it tougher for Duncan is that Rhian Brewster is in a similar situation and already in the squad. Is there room for two inexperienced forwards?
Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson are both back at the club, too, and can play in the front three. Shouldn’t they take precedent? But then, they don’t have a club like Dortmund knocking at the door and Liverpool can, in theory, be more patient.
This pre-season will be vital for Duncan, as we’ve mentioned. If he can leave his mark, Klopp may just give him chances at the start of the season.