Taking a closer look at a young Liverpool player tipped for big things on Merseyside.
Liverpool’s strikers have caused plenty of debate among supporters this season, with Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert all flattering to deceive in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge.
When you consider the Reds are famous for their youth development and have brought some wonderful young strikers through their ranks in the past, it is no surprise that Brendan Rodgers has others to call on, and he did just that by naming Jerome Sinclair on the bench for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Chelsea.
For those Liverpool fans eager to know more about the young forward, here are five facts to get you started:
1) Sinclair was born in Birmingham in 1996. He began his youth career at West Bromwich Albion but moved to Anfield in 2011.
2) The 18-year-old is very highly regarded at Liverpool and he made his senior debut in a League Cup clash against West Brom back in 2012, replacing another exciting youngster Semed Yesil with nine minutes of normal-time remaining.
3) Sinclair did go on loan to Championship side Wigan Athletic earlier this year but he featured only once, coming on as a late substitute against Watford.
4) A prolific marksman, Sinclair has netted six goals in just seven UEFA Youth League matches this season. He has also scored four goals and set up three more in 13 appearances for Liverpool’s under-21s.
5) Sinclair got a taste of what it is like to play at Anfield earlier this season when he turned out for a Liverpool All-stars side. He did himself no harm at all and looks destined for a very bright future at the club.