Jerome Sinclair is aiming for a bright future with Liverpool, after making his Premier League debut during yesterday’s draw with Chelsea.
The 18-year-old striker – who became the club’s youngest player ever when he featured against West Brom in 2012 – was rewarded for his fantastic season in the academy by replacing Rickie Lambert with a little over 20 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge.
To be fair, he hardly had a sniff, but the fact he got the chance in the first place proves he must be doing something right in training, considering £16m signing didn’t make the match-day squad.
Sinclair told the club’s official website that it was an incredible feeling to be involved in the clash, and gave an insight into the final words of encouragement that Brendan Rodgers gave him before he was brought on.
“As a young kid, you dream and think about that moment your whole life,” he explained.
“So for me to make that Premier League debut, it was a really great moment.
“The manager told me to go out and work hard. So I just got out there and tried to make sure I put all my effort in, tried to be good and simple when I got on the ball and just tried to give a good impression of myself,” he added.
The former Wigan loanee has been prolific for the academy side this year, and scored the opening goal in our U21 defeat to Chelsea last week. But, he has been one of several players from Michael Beale’s side knocking on Brendan Rodgers’ door.
Sinclair believes that the future is looking strong for the team as Rodgers has proved he is willing to give youngsters a chance…
“We’ve got an array of young talent at Liverpool. So for me to get the chance to play today was really good. I know there’s a lot more young players coming through and they’re all going to be good enough to play for Liverpool, so the future is really bright,” he said.
“You can see that with the philosophy that the manager has – if young players are showing that they have talent, then he’s willing to put them in and give him a go, which is rare for a big club such as Liverpool,” Sinclair added.