Liverpool may have already found their Bobby Duncan replacement – Wigan Athletic’s Joe Gelhardt.

Goal say that the Reds want the 17-year-old, along with several other Premier League sides. There’s a space at the club, too, after Duncan left for Fiorentina.

Joe Gelhardt, Liverpool

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The striker, who scored 32 goals last season, pushed through a £1.8m transfer on Monday after a week of accusations and controversy.

That means the Under 18’s – and potentially the Under 23’s – are a striker short.

Bobby Duncan

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And Liverpool might see Gelhardt as the ideal replacement. He’s a boyhood Liverpudlian apparently (always a good sign) and has already tasted senior football.

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He debuted in the EFL Cup last season and later in the Championship. Gelhardt even scored in a pre-season game against Burnley. That on its own makes him more experienced than the slightly older Duncan.

Joe Gelhardt, Liverpool

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And it’s certainly nice to hear that the club are already moving after the Duncan sale. It may only be a youth-team need but regardless, this is fast and gets things right back on track.

Duncan kicked up a fuss and was rightly moved on. Now Liverpool can go about fixing the absence he left and they may have already done it in record time.

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