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Former Liverpool Starlet Loaned Out After Failing to Impress at Watford

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Jerome Sinclair has been sent to Birmingham City on loan after managing just six first team appearances.

Watford v Burton Albion - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

With nothing much happening so far today on the Liverpool front, we’re left to look elsewhere for our deadline day fix. And following earlier news that Sergi Canos was headed to Brentford on a permanent deal six months after leaving Liverpool for Norwich City, another once-promising Liverpool prospect is on the move.

This time it’s Jerome Sinclair, who agitated for a move away from the club at the behest of agent Aidy Ward. He earned himself a move to Watford last summer, with The Hornets paying Liverpool £4M to avoid arbitration, but his time at Vicarage Road hasn’t gone especially well. He’s now been loaned to Birmingham City.

Having only managed six total appearances for Watford, who currently sit 14th in the Premier League, Sinclair is dropping down a level into the Championship in search of regular playing time. This will serve as something like vindication for Liverpool, who faced some criticism for letting Sinclair run his contract down.

And for Sinclair, it may not be the sign of a failing career—he is, after all, still just 20 years of age—but it is clearly a setback, as one of the main reasons he pushed for a move away from Anfield was his belief that he was good enough to be a first team player in the Premier League already.