You can still be king of the Kop . . . just say sorry to the club you love, Bobby

Sorry is NOT the hardest word, Bobby

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

BOBBY DUN­CAN wants to play for Liver­pool. It’s in his blood.

I’ve met the Eng­land Un­der-18 striker a few times – and he is a born-and-bred Red who is driven by the dream of fol­low­ing in the hal­lowed foot­steps of his cousin Steven Ger­rard.

He is also a bright, bub­bly kid who is pop­u­lar in the dress­ing room.

A proper Scouser!

I know his dad Rob very well. And I can tell you that all he wants is to see his tal­ented teenage son bang­ing in goals in front of the Kop. I am des­per­ately sad to say that it isn’t go­ing to hap­pen.

Not un­less Bobby does the right thing and is­sues an unreserved pub­lic apol­ogy to Liver­pool

Foot­ball Club.

It might also be wise for him to dis­pense with the ser­vices of his agent – or at the very least make sure he teth­ers Saif Ru­bie to a very short leash.

I may be 10,000 miles away from home in Bris­bane, but I could feel the shock­waves caused by Ru­bie’s dis­grace­ful at­tack on LFC this week.

His claim that Bobby is be­ing kept at An­field against his will and is now suf­fer­ing with men­tal health is­sues has to be taken se­ri­ously.

I am sure Liver­pool will en­sure that their young striker will get all the pro­fes­sional help he needs.

But Ru­bie did Bobby no favours by go­ing pub­lic about his client’s “small salary” or Liver­pool’s ap­par­ent re­luc­tance to of­fer him a new con­tract.

Bobby has two years left on the deal he signed when he ar­rived from Manch­ester City’s academy last sum­mer.

You can be sure that Liver­pool will re­ward him prop­erly when the time is right. For Ru­bie to go on so­cial me­dia and at­tack Jamie Car­ragher, for hav­ing the temer­ity to of­fer his opin­ion on a situation that has de­vel­oped be­tween a player he knows well and the club he served with dis­tinc­tion for 17 years, was an­other sign that he’s a loose can­non.

Ru­bie has now taken down his Twit­ter ac­count – which is the only sen­si­ble thing he has done dur­ing this whole sorry episode.

Unfortunat­ely for him, he wasn’t switched on enough to press the delete but­ton be­fore some Liver­pool fans had taken a look at some of

Even I felt shock­wave of agent’s dis­grace­ful LFC at­tack in Bris­bane

his pre­vi­ous traf­fic. Let’s just say that Mr Ru­bie’s views on re­li­gion and sex­u­al­ity are far from en­light­ened.

I’m not sure it is wise for any pro­fes­sional foot­baller to be as­so­ci­ated with such an in­di­vid­ual.

Bobby him­self posted a tweet which, I be­lieve, il­lus­trates where he’s at. “I just want to play foot­ball!” was the mes­sage he sent out to his

37,000 fol­low­ers be­fore quickly delet­ing it. I know where he’s com­ing from. I was only 17 when I was named as a sub­sti­tute for Liver­pool’s FA Cup re­play against Bolton in Jan­uary 1993.

I didn’t get off the bench that night as we suf­fered a shock 2-0 de­feat, but I as­sumed my de­but wouldn’t be long in com­ing.

I had to wait four months be­fore I got an­other sniff of the first team – and, once again, I spent 90 min­utes sat behind boss Graeme Souness as we thrashed Tot­ten­ham 6-2 on

the fi­nal day of the sea­son. I was dis­ap­pointed – but it didn’t even en­ter my head to de­mand a trans­fer or get my agent to slag off the club in the news­pa­pers.

I went away and got back to scor­ing heav­ily for the re­serve and youth teams. Learn­ing my trade.

It wasn’t un­til Oc­to­ber that I fi­nally got my big chance – and, boy, did I make the most of it by mark­ing my de­but with a goal in a 3-1 League Cup win at Ful­ham.

That was the first of 18 goals I notched that sea­son, fin­ish­ing just one behind top scorer Ian Rush.

I had made the grade at An­field.

Now Bobby has to do the same.

I would be sur­prised if he hasn’t al­ready apol­o­gised to Jur­gen Klopp, sport­ing di­rec­tor Michael Edwards and academy di­rec­tor Alex In­glethorpe for his agent’s out­ra­geous con­duct.

But the im­por­tant thing is to show his re­morse pub­licly.

Bridges have been burnt. But they can be re­paired.

Af­ter scor­ing 183 goals for Liver­pool, I’d like to think I can of­fer a small piece of ad­vice to Bobby that might help his ca­reer.

Say you’re sorry.

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