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Football's youngest players

Sinclair has only just turned 16. (©GettyImages)
Sinclair has only just turned 16. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool created history on Wednesday night by fielding the youngest player to ever wear the famous red jersey at senior level when Jerome Sinclair came on as a substitute in the Capital One Cup against West Brom.

Aged just 16 years and six days, Sinclair made his debut after impressive form in the Reds' youth ranks encouraged Brendan Rodgers to provide the striker the chance to prove his worth in the first team.

But how does this compare to the youngest debutants for other teams? GMF outlines the youngest players from some of Europe's most prominent teams...

ENGLAND

Arsenal

Cesc Fàbregas

16 years and 177 days against Rotherham United, League Cup, 28 October 2003.

Chelsea

Ian Hamilton

16 years 138 days against Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 18 March 1967.

Liverpool

Jerome Sinclair

16 years and six days against West Bomwich Albion, League Cup, 26 September 2012.

Manchester City

Micah Richards

17 years and 119 days against Arsenal, Premier League, 22 October 2005.

Manchester United

David Gaskell

16 years and 19 days against Manchester City, Charity Shield, 24 October 1956.

Tottenham

John Bostock

16 years and 295 days against Dinamo Zagreb, UEFA Cup, 6 November 2008

SPAIN

Barcelona

Paulino Alcántara

15 years and 141 days against Catala, Catalonian Championship, 25 February 1912.

Real Madrid

Alberto Rivera

17 years and 114 days against Celta de Vigo, La Liga, 10 June 1995.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich

David Alaba

17 years and 231 days against Fiorentina, Champions League, 9 March 2010.

Borussia Dortmund

Nuri Sahin

16 years and 335 days against Wolfsburg, Bundesliga, 6 August 2005.

ITALY

AC Milan

Bryan Cristante and 16 years and 278 days against Viktoria Plzeň, Champions League, 6 December 2011.

Juventus

Piero Pastore

15 years and 222 days, 1923 - opponent unknown.

SCOTLAND

Celtic

Jim Mallan

15 years and 286 days against Hearts, Southern Division, 7 November 1942.

Rangers

Derek Ferguson

16 years and 24 days against Queen of the South, 24 August 1983.

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