Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair and urged him not to leave the club.
Sinclair’s contract expires in the summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Watford during this transfer window.
The 19-year-old scored his first professional goal in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Exeter earlier this month but looks set to leave the club despite being offered a new deal.
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Klopp hinted to Sinclair that he should accept the terms that Liverpool have suggested because learning is more important than money at this stage of his career.
“We try to create a situation where younger players know it is not important to get the highest wages in your life in the first year of your career,” the German said in a press conference.
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“It is more important to get the real education and that is what we want to try. For this you always need a lot of things.”
The Reds boss continued: “As long as he is here he is a Liverpool player, absolutely no problem but I cannot make decisions for them.
“We can only offer things and first we need to offer education and training and the possibility to work together with the best coaches and best players we have. Then it is up to the players.”
Sinclair holds the record as the youngest player to make a senior appearance for the Anfield club and fellow Premier League club Watford are interested in added the hot prospect to their ranks.
But the 48-year-old Liverpool manager claims to know nothing of the Hornet’s interest but insists Sinclair has plenty to hard-work to do if he is to make in in the top-flight.
“Nothing to say about this,” Klopp said of the interest from other clubs.
“Jerome is a very young player, he has skills, he is a very good shooter but physically it is not easy for him in the centre position in a Premier League game against 6ft 4 defenders to survive. But he is very young and he can develop, of course.”
Liverpool signed Sinclair as a 14-year-old from West Brom’s academy back in 2011 and he made his professional debut against the same team just over one year later, aged 16 years and six days.
However, the striker has failed to push on from that and has only made three appearances for the club since.