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Liverpool academy chief compares Bobby Duncan to Salah

Liverpool academy coach Alex Inglethorpe has spoken about the transfer saga involving youngster Bobby Duncan.

The highly rated youth talent left this summer for Fiorentina in Italy for less than two million.

Fans were expecting him to step up to the first team, especially as he is a cousin of club legend Steven Gerrard.

But Inglethorpe says that such circumstances can happen, and he wishes the player all the success in the world.

"What I'd say about Bobby is that we wish him well," he told The Athletic.

"Look, not every player is necessarily going to want to wait and develop under us and we have to respect that.

"To break into elite football is going to be difficult, wherever you are. You need psychological stamina.

"You need to be able to put the hard yards in over a consistent period and accept the setbacks that come your way.

"Like most things in life, that creates a resilience that will help you in the future.

"I'm sure the time Mo Salah spent at Chelsea gave him a layer of that resilience.

"When you develop that skill of finding a way in life then you take it with you and it's very useful.

"There are 11 shining examples of that playing at Anfield every week.

"They all at some point had a period in their career where they had to overcome a problem or prove doubters wrong. They worked hard, they didn't quit."

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