Liverpool's director of academy and player development Frank McParland believes that Jerome Sinclair could be the next youngster to emerge as serious contender for first team football next season.

Sinclair became the youngest player in Liverpool's history when he made his first team debut against West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the League Cup aged just 16 years and four days.

Brendan Rodgers
Jerome Sinclair will be hoping to impress Brendan Rodgers this summer after training with the first team this season. [Reuters]

That turned out to be his only first team appearance this season but that does not mean that he hasn't been making an impression on the Liverpool coaching staff as he has excelled in various youth sides this season.

Still just 16 and unable to sign his first professional contract, Sinclair has featured in Liverpool's NextGen side and also played a major role in the club reaching the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

McParland revealed that he has been training regularly with the first team and believes that he will come back even stronger next season as he looks to become the latest academy player to make an impact on manager Brendan Rodgers.

"Another young player on the right path at the moment is Jerome Sinclair," McParland stated in his Daily Mail column. "He had a great experience the other night when he picked up the Ian Frodsham Young Player of the Year award from the Liverpool Supporters' Club at Anfield.

"It was a proud moment for him, the staff and the other five lads we took along from the academy.

"The supporters branch was surprised that he requested 10 tickets for the event but it was because all of his family came up from the Midlands while his headmaster from Rainhill High, the school where we place a number of our lads, also came along.

"Jerome has been training regularly with the first team but we decided to take him out of the action for four or five weeks recently because we felt he had done a little too much and we want him to come back bigger and stronger next season."

Rodgers clearly has plans for the former West Brom academy striker and it would come of no surprise if he receives more chances in the first team next season.

Having already trained with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Luis Suarez, he will be hoping for chances to prove his quality during pre-season when Liverpool visit Thailand and Australia.

After seeing Raheem Sterling make an impact on the Reds' north American tour last year, and then go on to play a huge part in the first team during the first half of the season, Sinclair will surely hope to emulate his teammate's success.