ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Bobby Duncan of England celebrates scoring the opening goal during the  International Match between  England U17 and Germany U17 at The New York Stadium on November 14, 2017 in Rotherham, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

5 Things to Know About Liverpool Youngster & Dortmund Target Bobby Duncan

The search for new and emerging talent never ends for football clubs around the world and Liverpool were able to secure the signature of the impressive Bobby Duncan over the summer.

However, with youngsters from England thriving in the Bundesliga the forward is now attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund who hope to see him emulate the path forged by Jadon Sancho.

With Duncan starting to establish himself at Liverpool and his name attracting interest across Europe, here are five things you should know about the 17-year-old.

5. Record Breaker as a Schoolboy

Duncan has caught the eye of club's across England since the age of seven and it comes as no surprise given his tendency to stand out from the crowd from a young age due to his clinical finishing.

During his time at Cardinal Heenan School he scored 24 goals to break the national schoolboys record and led his team to a national cup triumph, and he also broke Huyton Schoolboys' goal scoring record which was previously held by none other than former Everton midfielder Peter Reid. 

His time at Cardinal Heenan also earned his the chance to represent England at the Danone Nations Cup in 2013 and his proficiency in front of goal saw him take home the Golden Boot, which was presented by France legend Zinedine Zidane. 

4. He Is Steven Gerrard's Cousin

The 17-year-old may have only put pen to paper at Liverpool over the summer but Duncan has ties with the Reds which extend beyond his playing career and into that of one of the club's greatest living legends, Steven Gerrard.

He is the cousin of Gerrard and having watched his glittering career unfold before him Duncan grew up desperately hoping to emulate his achievements - and the Anfield faithful would certainly welcome it. 

"I’ve always looked up to Steven. [He's] been a big influence. What he achieved in his career inspires me. He always had that hunger and desire to win trophies. 

"As well as talent, it was his attitude, character and leadership that made him the player he was," he said, via the Mirror.

3. First England Player to Score a Hat-Trick Against Brazil

As a 15-year-old in November 2016 Duncan featured for England's Under-16 side and created history by becoming the first ever England player at any level to score a hat-trick against Brazil.

The forward had drawn England level three times with Brazil before creating the winning goal during the 4-3 victory in South America. 

“When I heard that it had never been done before against Brazil, I was buzzing. It was an unbelievable feeling,” he told the Liverpool Echo

“I feel lucky and privileged to have done it for my country. Both sets of players signed the match ball for me and I’ll always treasure that.”

2. He Was a Former Manchester City Academy Star

Prior to joining Liverpool Duncan was a member of Manchester City's academy having joined the club in 2011 as a 10-year-old where he rose through the ranks and even made his Under-18s debut as a 15-year-old. 

Duncan was prolific for City in the 2015/16 season having amassed 66 goals as he rose to prominence for both club and country. 

However, having failed to see a route into the first team Duncan left the club last year and was forced to spend a season in limbo before an agreement was reached to sell him to Liverpool this year. 

1. Recently Called Up to Liverpool's First Team Training

The forward has got off to a bright start to life on Merseyside having scored six goals and assisted three in just seven Under-18 Premier League games, and as a reward for effort he trained with Jurgen Klopp's senior side for the first time earlier in October. 

With a host of players still on international duty at the time Duncan was given the chance to catch Klopp's eye at Melwood after the club's academy director Alex Inglethorpe nominated the youngster for the trip.

With only a handful of months at Liverpool under his belt it was an impressive feat and one which will have given him a significant confidence boost as he aims to find his way back to training with the first team on a more regular basis.