The squad announced for Liverpool's preseason tour is stacked with young talent--Pedro Chirivella, Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo, and Ryan Fulton will all be making the trip, as will Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Cleary, and Joe Maguire. It's exciting stuff not only for the players, but also for supporters who have made a point in recent seasons to keep closer track of those coming through the ranks. Those who have done so will have noticed a few glaring omissions, however, with Cameron Brannagan, Sergi Canos, and Jerome Sinclair all left out.
That last name has caused a bit of a stir in the past 24 hours, as Sinclair is widely regarded as one of the more promising strikers in the youth setup. His appearances late last season showed glimpses of talent, and most assumed that he would have a chance to impress Brendan Rodgers and company during the first team's tour of Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia.
Most of the concern emerged as a result of the player's activity on Twitter, which yesterday involved a vague message about his future:
Sometimes things just aren't meant to be! Exciting times though! New chapter pending, Can't wait to see where this year takes me— Jerome Sinclair (@JSinclair_48) July 10, 2015
Those who tend to have overblown reactions--around 96% of Liverpool Twitter--did so, and after confirmation that he wasn't to be on the plane on Sunday, there was further concern about a player many had hoped to see break through at Liverpool over the next few seasons.
Which is still on track, probably, as his omission has more to do with a loan deal in the coming weeks than it does some sort of disaster scenario. Sinclair has long been linked with a move away this summer in search of regular minutes in the Championship, and as was the case with Kevin Stewart, Lloyd Jones, and Jordan Williams, it's likely Liverpool would want to secure a deal sooner rather than later. While taking Sinclair on tour would have been nice to see, it also might have prevented a loan move from getting finished, and sending him to Northern Ireland with the rest of the younger players shouldn't get in the way of any deal getting done.
Or he's leaving for good and Liverpool completely blew it.