By Scott Taylor
Jerome Sinclair is reportedly set to leave Liverpool after contract talks have hit a crossroads between the club and his representatives. Sinclair, 19, is the Reds’ youngest ever player after making his debut in September 2012 in a Capital One Cup tie against his former club West Bromwich Albion. However, Sinclair looks set to leave Merseyside as his contract expires at the end of the current season.
This incident is not the first to happen between Sinclair and Liverpool Football Club. In July 2015, the striker rejected a new contract offer, because the club could not match what him and his representatives would have liked. The same situation has arised five months later. It is reportedly that Sinclair wants a new contract worth £10k a week, but that is considerably more than what the club want to offer him. The situation between the club and Sinclair has got even more confusing now that the forward has appointed Aidy Ward as his new representative. Ward was at the heart of the headlines in the summer when he wanted his client Raheem Sterling on weekly wages of £150k, but the club did not match it and Sterling subsequently left.
The same could be happening with Sinclair, with Manchester City looking the more likely destination for the striker. However, if he cannot agree on a new deal with Liverpool and joins another English club in the summer, then Liverpool are entitled to compensation, with a tribunal to decide the final fee. The other option for Sinclair is to join a club abroad. According to FIFA, the former West Brom striker could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club which would mean Liverpool will receive £250,000 for the youngster.
Sinclair joined the Reds in 2011, and made his Premier League debut for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season. He made his home debut shortly after, when he featured for the Reds in a loss to Crystal Palace in Steven Gerrard’s final game. He has been a key figure for the U21s this season, as he is Michael Beale’s sides leading scorer with seven goals in all competitions. Sinclair was hopeful of signing a new contract before Christmas, but after the latest events, it looks like his spell at the club could soon be coming to an end.