Liverpool are facing another contract nightmare after striker Jerome Sinclair turned down a new deal on Merseyside.
In the wake of Raheem Sterling's public rejections and imminent £49million move to Manchester City, the report in the Daily Mail is the last thing Reds boss Brendan Rodgers needed during pre-season.
Sinclair, who is the youngest player in Liverpool history after making his debut against West Brom in the League Cup back in 2012, currently has one year left on his deal at Anfield. His two Premier League appearances both came towards the end of last season under Rodgers.
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That won't stop the Reds from cashing-in on the 18-year-old though, with the paper going on to claim that Liverpool could well cut their losses on a player who joined the academy from the Baggies back in 2011.
Rodgers has constantly given youth a chance during his Anfield reign, but the former England U16 and U17 international's decision to snub the latest contract offer will be a major blow to the manager.
Praise from Carragher
Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher certainly gave the player his backing earlier in the year, suggesting the player could develop after an impressive outing for the U21s against Chelsea.
"It was an outstanding finish. He left the defender for dead and then showed great pace and composure on his weaker foot," the pundit told the official Liverpool website back in May.
“Hopefully at the start of next season he will go on the pre-season tour and show Brendan Rodgers what he can do.”
Sinclair was not subsequently selected for the tour of the Far East and Australia, increasing speculation about his future as eight other Academy members made the trip alongside the first team.
19-year-old Jordon Ibe is one of those on the plane, and he has penned a new long-term contract at Anfield recently.