Liverpool have made a blistering start to the 2019/20 campaign with three wins from three games against Norwich, Southampton and Arsenal.
The Reds were cruelly denied by Manchester City in their quest to claim their maiden Premier League title last season. Jurgen Klopp’s side finished with 97 points but were pipped to the post by the Citizens who claimed 98.
The summer saw Liverpool opt to stick with their squad, with only Adrian coming into the club to bolster the senior ranks.
After showcasing some of the club’s talent in the club’s pre-season schedule, it was anticipated that Klopp might look to unleash some younger players on the Premier League this season.
One of those younger players could well find himself in limbo, however.
Bobby Duncan played and scored in the club’s first friendly against Tranmere Rovers and it was thought that he might get a few call-ups to feature in senior squads.
That hasn’t been the case so far, which had started speculation over a loan move to a club overseas. The Liverpool Echo has now confirmed that a bid from Fiorentina was rejected and the club has no desire to offload him, either on loan or permanently.
But where does that leave Duncan?
Playing in the under-23s wouldn’t exactly do him any harm but if a club overseas can offer the youngster men’s football, surely that would be ideal for his development.
Last season the 18-year-old netted 25 goals in all competitions for the under-18s, helping them towards winning the FA Youth Cup.
When he featured in some of Liverpool’s early friendly fixtures and went on the club’s pre-season tour, it was anticipated that he may earn his chance during 2019/20.
Other people thought he may head out on loan but Liverpool appear to be disinterested in allowing him to make a temporary switch away from Anfield.
The man who cost £200,000 from Manchester City (Liverpool Echo) was left out of the club’s under-23 fixture with Southampton last night sparking further speculation surrounding his future.
Whatever Liverpool decide to do in the immediate future with Duncan, they must ensure that his undoubted talent isn’t wasted.