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Rafa Camacho and Bobby Duncan offer powerful examples to youngsters

Rafa Camacho and Bobby Duncan now offer powerful examples to every youngster at Liverpool’s academy. The pair didn’t get what they wanted and missed a golden opportunity.

Rafa Camacho and Bobby Duncan reportedly wanted first-team football. That’s why they left Liverpool.

Both left the club in 2019 after not seeing paths to the first-team. Duncan reportedly wanted a senior role (per the Guardian). Whereas Camacho rejected a contract offer to re-join Sporting for the same reasons (again per the Guardian).

And you can’t blame them, really. You can certainly blame Duncan for the way he left the club but the desire for first-team football? Liverpool isn’t an easy place to get it.

Or at least, it shouldn’t be. As it happened, the 2019/20 season was the season to be a young, promising Liverpool player.

The extra games on the back of the Champions League win drove the club to trust youngsters in big games. That included League Cup games, FA Cup games, and even some Premier League appearances.

The result was a few young players seriously make names for themselves. Now Curtis Jones and Neco Williams are members of the first-team squad.

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Jones, in particular, is thriving and establishing himself as a first-XI player, never mind squad. And let’s be honest – at the rate he’s developing, Jones will win an England cap in 2021.

Williams is already a full international with Wales and even has a goal for his country.

That will hurt both Camacho and Duncan. Jones and Williams are players who came up alongside those two. They broke into pre-season squads alongside them.

Dull, dull grass

And where are Camacho and Duncan? Well, Duncan left Fiorentina to join Derby County this season.

According to TransferMarkt, his only football this season is five minutes in Premier League 2, though. So that’s actually a level below where he was with Liverpool.

Things are better for Camacho – but also quite similar. O Jogo claims he’s trying to find a way out of Sporting in January after not getting the first-team football he wanted.

These two are now cautionary examples for everyone at the Liverpool academy. Two players who didn’t wait for their chance, jumped the gun and didn’t trust the club to develop them.

As a result, they’re struggling for games while former teammates thrive in the Liverpool first-team.

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That’s not really a nice situation for anyone. But hopefully, this will deter other prospects from making the same mistake.

Liverpool is the place to be – not just for the stars. They’re an elite club at developing players, if you’re prepared to wait your turn.

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