Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair looks set to leave the club at the end of this season when his contract expires.
The 19-year-old, who became the Reds’ youngest ever player when he made a substitute appearance against West Brom in 2012, has failed to negotiate a new deal with the club and has recently appointed Aidy Ward as his agent.
Ward is, of course, the infamous agent of Raheem Sterling, which reduces the likelihood of Sinclair’s contract dispute being resolved.
The Liverpool Echo say “there is currently a big gulf between the terms Liverpool are willing to offer and what Sinclair’s camp have been demanding.”
Sinclair was named on the bench for Klopp’s first game, away to Tottenham, and also the League Cup tie against Bournemouth. His last appearances for the first-team came at the end of last season, as sub against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
The former West Brom youngster has made just five appearances for the Under-21s this season, scoring twice.
Sinclair can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club from January, which means Liverpool would receive only a nominal fee – around £250,000 – rather than a compensation fee if the deal goes to tribunal – as has happened with Danny Ings‘ move from Burnley.
Sinclair’s contract dispute was the reason behind his omission from the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. Quite why he would then go on to appoint Ward as his agent is pretty baffling.