Liverpool were quiet during the summer transfer window with the vast majority of their business being younger players being offloaded.
Another one of their prized young talents departed Anfield yesterday during the European transfer deadline day.
Bobby Duncan swapped the Liverpool academy for Serie A; moving to Fiorentina for a £1.8 million transfer fee (BBC Sport).
The 18-year-old hopes to feature regularly for the first-team and was unlikely to be anywhere near Jurgen Klopp’s ranks at Anfield.
Fiorentina are languishing in 16th place in Serie A and it remains to be seen what plans they have for Duncan for the 2019/20 campaign.
Last season the talismanic striker notched 25 goals for the under-18s, helping Liverpool towards winning the FA Youth Cup for the first time in several years.
Following his departure he took to Twitter to thank Liverpool following his short spell at the club:
I want to thank everybody at @liverpoolfc from the Coaches,Staff and Players for contributing in my development at the club I move on with very special memories…. Thank you♥️ #LFC #YNWA 🔴 pic.twitter.com/hR8Qy1hjt2
— Bobby Duncan (@bobbyduncan999) September 2, 2019
His tweet has been met with mixed reactions from the club’s supporters.
Some eagle-eyed supporters were disgruntled with the fact that he had put the wrong Liverpool FC Twitter handle on his post. Plenty of others weren’t overly bothered that he had departed that club:
You don’t even know the official account is @LFC
The pleasure was all yours. You will not be missed. And you will never come back.
— Liverpool Red (@lfcredynwa) September 2, 2019
Dont let the door hit you on the way out, going to end up like so many others. Terrible attitude, be a no one in 12 months.
— Jamie Funnell (@Jamie_funnell8) September 2, 2019
It’s @LFC mate
— Kyle (@kylep2003) September 2, 2019
Was only a dream come true not so long ago playing for LFC bad advice and you will just be another Jerome Sinclair, Terrible attitude and good riddance
— Claire (@ClaireHarperR87) September 2, 2019
Your agent ruined your career.
— 🏆6️⃣ (@chielinilookout) September 2, 2019
Have some shame. Stop acting like a superstar at 18. Can see a Jerome Sinclair 2.0 in making.
— Pratyay Maitra (@Pratyay_M) September 2, 2019
Other, less cynical Liverpool fans, wanted to take the opportunity to wish Duncan well in his new adventure.
They responded with messages of support:
Shame you chose to end it this way. Learn from it and goodluck Bobby.
— 🔴 (@ChrisvLFC) September 2, 2019
Kinda sad really thoughtcrimes as he was a local lad thought it was a match made in heaven oh well good Luck hope you made the right choice I see the mental illness cleared up too must have been a 24hr case 😒all the best
— Puttsy Webber 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@saintrose100) September 2, 2019
You went the wrong way about it lad, good luck anyway
— RF9 🇧🇷 (@BrazilianBobby9) September 2, 2019
All the best Bobby❤️🔴
— Owen🇩🇪🇨🇦 (@LFCOwen96) September 2, 2019
What a waste, still wish you well, won’t be easy over there tho
— Mark Barlow (@markabarlow11) September 3, 2019
Think you should’ve sat tight for a bit lad but all the best . 👍
— Billy Campbell (@BillyCampbell_1) September 2, 2019