Another Liverpool hotshot could depart after unexpected contract dispute

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Liverpool face losing Sergi Canos this summer, despite Jurgen Klopp giving the teenage Spaniard a debut against West Brom at the weekend, Jack Pitt-Brooke in the Independent writes.

The 19-year-old excelled in the Championship this term on loan for Brentford, and went immediately into Liverpool’s Premier League squad for the final game of the season, with fans excited about seeing the prodigious winger for likely the first time.

However, it appears that all is not well despite the promising debut. Canos has one year to run on his contract, but wants closer to £9k-per-week and not the £3k Liverpool have so far offered, claims the report.

Klopp has been adamant that young prospects will not receive high wages, and this newly installed method saw Jordan Rossiter leave for Rangers last week. Canos lit up the Championship, but Liverpool still want him to prove himself back on Merseyside before he gets a hefty contract extension.

The Independent claim Rangers want Canos too, who was brought to Anfield by Frank McParland, who now works in Scotland as the Glaswegian’s Head of Recruitment. Fulham and Brentford are also considering £1m offers.

Liverpool now need to either agree a deal with Canos this summer or sell him, as foreign clubs will be able to acquire him for a marginal tribunal fee should he run his contract down.

Jerome Sinclair is similarly leaving after failing to sign with Liverpool, who took the same hard-nosed stance with the forward, who’s unsurprisingly represented by odious agent Aidy Ward.

The technique is a risk, of course. Liverpool do not want to let other clubs poach our talent with higher wages, but at the same time, we want to keep teenagers motivated and provide the carrot of a large contract once they establish themselves in the first-team squad.

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