Liverpool have made an official statement in response to the accusations from Bobby Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie.
Rubie has issued a scathing statement on Twitter, accusing Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards of “bullying” the 18-year-old forward, causing him to miss this week’s Premier League 2 clash with Southampton.
Rubie has sighted “deep mental health issues” affecting his client caused by Edwards’ apparent treatment of the player.
Duncan, signed from Manchester City last season, had look set for a move away from Anfield, but that was apparently blocked by the club with media outlets seemingly briefed on Tuesday that he would be staying at Anfield.
"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.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 28, 2019
Liverpool though have responded with the following statement via James Pearce: “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.
Danish side FC Nordsjaelland and, most recently, Serie A club Fiorentina are understood to have been interested in the player, but Liverpool have blocked loan moves for the player, who is the cousin of Steven Gerrard.
“There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool,” Rubie wrote.
“And today is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.”