Bobby Duncan leaving Liverpool has been comapred to Mohamed Salah’s Chelsea exit in 2016.
The Egyptian had impressed on loan spells at both Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter on a permanent deal.
Duncan, who turned down the offer of a new contract at Liverpool, has followed in his former team-mate’s footsteps by joining Fiorentina, and Inglethorpe has now revealed his disappointment.
“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.”
Duncan can now count Franck Ribery and Kevin-Prince Boateng as his colleagues as he tries to forge a career in Italy, and has impressed in Fiorentina’s under-19 side.
The 18-year-old has scored three goals in four games for the youth side as he attempts to catch the eye of first-team boss Vincenzo Montella, with La Viola currently sitting eighth in the table after three wins from seven games.