When Jerome Sinclair made his debut for Liverpool, before many of us had ever even heard of Raheem Sterling, he was widely tipped to be a shining star in seasons to come.
The year was 2012 and Sinclair had just become the youngest player in Liverpool's illustrious history, coming off the bench in a League Cup tie against West Brom aged 16 years and six days.
That record remains intact, but the player himself has failed to live up to the expectation that it set. Now, having failed to make any real progress since that fateful night, his Anfield odyssey is set to come to an end.
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According to the BBC, Sinclair has decided against renewing his contract with the Merseyside outfit, leaving him free to leave in the summer when it expires. It is believed the 19-year-old is eyeing a move to La Liga, but there is likely to be plenty of interest from English clubs as well.
Sinclair is still seemingly in Jurgen Klopp's sights. The England youth international started in the recent FA Cup tie with Exeter City and even scored in the 2-2 draw. However, chances have been few and far between – that was his only appearance for the first-team this season.
With his contract up in the summer, there had been some doubt with regards to his future. Not only was Sinclair clearly thinking of leaving, but Liverpool themselves would have been mulling over their options. Only a long-term contract would have convinced Sinclair, which they may not have been willing to offer.
And even if he does leave this summer, they should still claw back some money in development fees, especially if he joins another English club. An independent tribunal will likely award them several million in that instance while a move to Spain would likely see a final settlement of under £1million.
Of course, after announcing his intentions, Liverpool will undoubtedly work hard to get him off the books in the current transfer window.
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