Jerome Sinclair
Sinclair's superb effort against Chelsea had Liverpool fans relishing the opportunity to see him in the first team@jeromesinclair48

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes the club's teenage forward, Jerome Sinclair, should leave the club on loan before the end of the season.

Sinclair, 18, who remains the youngest ever player to appear for the first team after making his senior debut at the age of 16 years and six days in 2012, produced another match-winning display for the under-21 ranks on 2 March.

The forward won a penalty, converted by 17-year-old Harry Wilson, before netting a superb solo effort to seal Liverpool Under-21's 2-0 win over their Chelsea counterparts.

While that win lifted the Reds back into contention for the U21 Premier League title, Carragher believes Sinclair must now leave the club to secure first-team football to ensure he is part of manager Brendan Rodgers' plans next season.

"It would an outstanding finish," Carragher said following the match. "He left the defender for dead and then showed great pace and composure on his weaker foot.

"Another member of this squad, Sheyi Ojo, has gone to Wigan on loan. That is the next step for Jerome. I think it is a big ask for Jerome to go straight into the Liverpool first team. There are enough strikers there at the moment.

"He needs to go out on loan, get games under his belt and prove himself in men's football. Hopefully at the start of next season he will go on the pre-season tour and show Brendan Rodgers what he can do."

Sinclair, who also netted six goals in seven appearances in Liverpool's Uefa Youth League campaign this season, made his debut during Carragher's final season at the club and the defender-turned-television pundit has maintained a close eye on the teenager since.

He said: "Hopefully he will go on to have a great career and I can tell people I played with Jerome Sinclair. They have specialist coaches at the academy at all levels. Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones go in and pass on words of wisdom and it looks like Jerome has been listening."