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Liverpool round-up: Duncan deal confirmed; Napoli win reaction; Grujic future uncertain

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Liverpool round-up: Duncan deal confirmed; Napoli win reaction; Grujic future uncertain

Bobby Duncan confirms Liverpool move

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of 17-year-old striker Bobby Duncan, according to Sky Sports. The England youth international has been a free agent since leaving Manchester City and has now joined the club where his cousin, Steven Gerrard, made his name.

In 2015/16, Duncan scored 66 goals in a single season as part of the Citizens’ youth set-up having joined the club from Wigan in 2012. Now, he’s ready for a new challenge at his boyhood club and will be hoping to extend such success to first team level after penning a professional contract.

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Napoli win

The first team were in action at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday evening as they romped home to an impressive 5-0 win over Italian Serie A runners-up Napoli. James Milner, Georgino Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno all got on the scoresheet in the process.

“To be honest, the result is something I’m really not interested in, it’s more about big parts of the performance. Pre-season, you can lose a game like this and it doesn’t mean everything you did before was wrong and if you win 5-0 it doesn’t mean everything was right. That’s pretty much the case. It was, in a lot of moments – especially around the goals and a few more moments – brilliant.”

Klopp wasn’t distracted by the result.

The result wasn’t the most important factor for coach Jurgen Klopp, but the impressive display has got Liverpool fans hoping for a Premier League title challenge.

Cardiff pull out of Marko Grujic switch

One of those who has been involved throughout pre-season but was missing on Saturday was midfielder Marko Grujic. The Serbian was expected to join Cardiff City, where he spent time on loan last season, but the Liverpool Echo report on quotes from Nigel Warnock as the Cardiff boss appears to have revealed that any such deal is off.

Instead, Grujic could remain part of the Reds’ squad as a back-up option. If Klopp is insistent that he will not have a role to play, it could be a busy few days looking for an alternative home for the youngster.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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