When you make your senior debut at the age of 16 years and 6 days for a club with as much stature as Liverpool, you know you’ve been doing something right in training.
And this is exactly the position young forward Jerome Sinclair found himself in back in September 2012, as manager Brendan Rodgers brought him on as a sub in Liverpool’s Carling Cup away tie at West Bromwich Albion.
It saw the teenager become the youngest player to ever pull on the red jersey of the Liverpool team, beating former record holder Jack Robinson by 244 days.
It was a debut that meant even more to Jerome Sinclair than anybody could imagine, having spent the majority of his youth career playing for the Midlands club.
In fact Sinclair only made his way to Anfield in the summer of 2011 after almost six years at the Hawthorns, a move similar to that of Raheem Sterling, who was lured away from QPR for £600,000 in 2010.
The comparisons to Sterling however don’t cease there. It’s believed that the Liverpool coaching staff hold the same aspirations for Sinclair as they do Raheem and believe that Sinclair himself can look forward to some first team action sooner rather than later.
It’s not just at club level that Sinclair is making tracks, though. Whilst playing for the England U16’s he earned a fairly impressive goal scoring record of three goals in just five games, and just last month Sinclair was named for the England U17 squad for the European Championship qualifiers.
The youngster had already represented in country for the U17’s on five separate occasions and was yet again named in the 18-man squad by coach John Peacock on the back of a steady season for the U18’s at club level.
With the ability to finish with both feet and an electric burst of pace it’ll certainly be no surprise to see the young striker tearing up the Premier League in years to come.
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