By Scott Taylor
Jerome Sinclair has rejected a new contract offer from Liverpool, and reportedly wants to leave the club. Sinclair, 18, has a year left on his current deal with the Reds. It is understood that his representatives reportedly want more than what the club offered, but Liverpool do not wish to raise their offer.
Reports started to gather pace on Friday when Sinclair tweeted a cryptic messgae to his followers. It read: “Sometimes things just aren’t meant to be! Exciting times though! New chapter pending, Can’t wait to see where this year takes me.” This was on Friday, and just 24 hours later, Sinclair was not selected in Liverpool’s pre-season squad for the tour of Australia and the Far East. Many supporters presumed the worst at this point thinking Sinclair will leave, with Burnley linked with him last month.
Sources say that Sinclair was left out of Liverpool’s tour party because he rejected the new contract offer. He reportedly wants to stay at Liverpool, but his future will remain uncertain until his contract is sorted out. There are also reports that his representatives want him to sign a new and improved deal that he is currently on, but Liverpool wont raise their fee to match the demands of Sinclair and his representatives. However, these reports are unconfirmed.
However, the striker has travelled to Dublin with the U21 side as they prepare for the 2015/16 season with games against Waterford United and UCD. Sinclair broke Jack Robinson’s record as Liverpool’s youngest ever player when he came on as a substitute in Liverpool’s 2-1 win against West Brom in the League Cup in September 2012. The striker was 16 years and six days old when he came on in the second half of the tie against his former club.
Sinclair had a hit-and-miss season in 2014/15. Although injury restricted his progress, when he did play, he made an impact with his goals. He joined Championship side Wigan in March 2015 but couldn’t save them from relegation. He made his Premier League debut in the same month against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before making his Anfield debut in Steven Gerrard’s last game in the loss against Crystal Palace.