Bobby Duncan's agent caused quite the stir on Wednesday by releasing a statement on behalf of his client informing Liverpool that he will never play for the club again.
The 18-year-old striker - who is also the cousin of club legend Steven Gerrard - had been touted as one of the Reds' hotter academy prospects having signed from Manchester City in the summer of 2018.
However, after Liverpool refused to sanction a move for the youngster this summer despite links to Fiorentina, things have turned ugly. Very ugly.
The forward's agent Saif Rubie published a statement on Twitter which cited his client's 'very small salary' while blaming Liverpool for damaging the player's mental health.
The statement unsurprisingly prompted a backlash from many on Twitter who criticised Rubie's motivations...
Bobby Duncan's "pitiful wages" of £7000 a week at 18-years old.— Rex (@ThatRexGuy) August 28, 2019
Oh my bleeding heart.
There was notably plenty of support for Duncan, with Liverpool Twitter's phasers pointed directly at new public enemy number one: Rubie...
If Bobby Duncan is really suffering from mental health problems, hopefully he gets the help he needs. Not convinced putting it in a statement littered with references to not being paid enough, is the right way to go about it.— James Sutton (@thejamessutton) August 28, 2019
The way it's been dealt with is ridiculous. Going onto Twitter with it is crazy. His agent has absolutely thrown him under the bus on this one. I'd be giving him his p45 if I were him.— Chris Pajak (@mrbloodred) August 28, 2019
That Bobby Duncan statement is ridiculous and his agent is clearly an absolute weapon. However, nobody should be bullying him or attacking him on here. If he’s having a shit time mentally then, trust me, it’s already hard enough for him at the minute. Leave the kid alone.— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) August 28, 2019
Then Jamie Carragher got involved, sparking one of the weirder Twitter wars you'll see...today anyway. The highlights(?), which include clown emojis and references to Kevin-Prince Boateng, can be found below...
I know Bobby & his family well, he’s young & at that age we all want everything right now. Played for the 1st team in pre season which is a great start & he should try & develop this season & maybe make the bench in Caraboa Cup. That should be the advice you’re giving him you 🤡 https://t.co/RqXd9eupc1— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 28, 2019
You talking about the glorified data analyst Michael Edwards? The one who doesn't even know that @KPBofficial is a midfielder not a centre forward. Goes to show how much he knows. Oh and he doesn't give a shit about a young players well-being more importantly. https://t.co/mrGD9LSe2B— Saif Rubie (@saifpr) August 28, 2019
Anyway, Liverpool Twitter was pissed that anyone would call Lord and Saviour Michael Edwards a mere 'data analyst' and decided to find some dirt on Rubie, which it seems wasn't especially hard to find...
You come for Jamie Carragher and Michael Edwards, you come for all of us.— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) August 28, 2019
Saif Rubie's licence was suspended in 2006 by the FA, he helped Berahino force his way out of West Brom & is trying to do the same for Bobby Duncan. A poisonous influence with a big mouth, handling his business like a child. Hope the club never deal with him again.— LFC Round Up (@LFCroundup) August 28, 2019
Liverpool have since released an official statement rejecting Rubie's initial allegations and outlining their 'disappointment'. Meanwhile, it seems even Duncan himself has distanced himself from his controversial agent. Oops...