The pre-season training session that effectively ended Bobby Duncan’s Liverpool career

Liverpool agreed to sell the 18-year-old cousin of Steven Gerrard to Fiorentina for £1.8m on Monday afternoon and by the evening the move was complete.

A 20% sell-on clause was included in the deal after the Reds rejected Fiorentina’s offer to take Duncan on loan with an option to buy last week.

Duncan played a key role in Liverpool Under-18’s FA Youth Cup triumph last season and was rewarded with featuring for the first team in pre-season.

He played 45 minutes in a 6-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers at the beginning of July and even got on the scoresheet.

Things have only gone downhill since then, though.

Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, last week accused Liverpool and sporting director Michael Edwards of bullying the young Englishman and said he hadn’t left his room for four days.

Liverpool quickly rejected Rubie’s claims, labelling them as “unattributed” and “unfounded”. Rubie has since deleted his Twitter account after coming under fire from Jamie Carragher.

Jurgen Klopp said last Friday that a contract dispute was at the heart of Duncan’s unhappiness at Liverpool, but it’s claimed that it’s because he thought he should be part of the first team.

Whatever the case, Duncan is heading for Fiorentina and the Daily Mail have detailed the training session that effectively ended the teenager’s career at Liverpool.

On Thursday 18 July, during their pre-season tour of the US, Liverpool held an hour-long open training session at the Notre Dame University.

Klopp wanted to work on tactics, so the Reds played a game where the attacking players could only move from their designated area of the pitch once a set amount of passes had been completed.

Duncan, who plays as a striker, had three opportunities to score during the game. His first was a one-on-one with Andrew Lonergan, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

He missed his second chance, too, which reportedly prompted a frustrated reaction from Andy Robertson on the other side of the pitch.

As for Duncan’s third chance, which came right at the end of the game, he was just about to shoot before James Milner came charging in with a strong but fair challenge to send him flying.

In that moment, it became clear how far away Duncan was from breaking into the first team, despite how highly rated he was by Liverpool.

Hopefully the youngster can learn from that brutal training session and show what he’s made of for Fiorentina in Serie A.