17 May 2016

Done Deal? 'Outstanding' Liverpool attacker to leave Anfield in July and sign for Prem strugglers

After five years at Liverpool, £5m-rated Reds striker Jerome Sinclair has reportedly agreed a deal to leave Anfield this summer.

On transfer deadline day, The Times claimed:

"Liverpool [have] rejected improved offer from Watford for Jerome Sinclair".

Soon after, Sinclair - hailed by Jamie Carragher for his 'outstanding' finishing - reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Watford, and now, it appears the deal is done. According to Sky Sports today:

"Jerome Sinclair is set to sign for Watford on July 1 after his Liverpool contract expires, according to Sky sources".

I've argued in detail why Sinclair is right to quit Liverpool, and I maintain that view. Why hang around just to warm the bench?

If Liverpool had any real commitment to Sinclair's development, he would've played more this season.

It's not as if Klopp didn't have chances to play him this season. Liverpool were decimated with injuries for much of the year, and the following attacking players had spells on the sidelines:

* Benteke (twice), Sturridge, Ings (all season), Origi (twice), Firmino (twice), Ibe, and Coutinho.

I can't remember a year when Liverpool's attacking players were collectively injured this frequently, yet despite this, Klopp granted Sinclair just 75 minutes of game time all season; that's 75 minutes in a season of 60+ games.

Pathetic. In such circumstances, Sinclair is absolutely right to quit the club and try his luck elsewhere. Moving to Watford is a big step down, but it shows that he is willing to take a risk to get first-team football, and that (IMO) is admirable.

Author: Jaimie K


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