Jerome Sinclair could become Liverpool's youngest ever player after impressing for youth squad
After celebrating his 16th birthday last week, Jerome Sinclair could become the youngest ever player to represent Liverpool tonight.
It is understood that manager Brendan Rodgers is considering naming the 16-year-old among his substitutes for the Capital One Cup tie away at West Brom.
At 16 years and six days old, Sinclair would easily beat the current record, held by Jack Robinson who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 250 days against Hull in May 2010.
Sinclair joined the Reds two years ago, ironically from West Brom, and after impressing for Liverpool's under-16s, was recently promoted to the under-18s squad. In July, he came off the bench to score a hat-trick in an under-18s pre-season friendly against Exeter.
Should Sinclair feature tonight in what is sure to be a much changed line-up from the Liverpool side that lost 2-1 to Manchester United at the weekend, it would continue Rodgers' trend of blooding youngsters since taking over in the summer.
The Northern Irish manager promoted Raheem Sterling to the starting line-up earlier this season, and was rewarded with performances which saw the 17-year-old called-up to the England squad. Sterling's appearance against Manchester United on Sunday made him the youngest player to feature in the fixture against their great rivals.
Other players given an opportunity early in their Liverpool career include Michael Owen, who was 17 years and 143 days when he made his Premier League debut, Robbie Fowler at 18 years and 169 days and Steven Gerrard at 18 years and 182 days.
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