Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair is welcome to stay at the club if he decides to choose education over big money.
Sinclair has decided to turn down the Reds’ contract offer and leave the club in the summer, presumably on the advice of his agent Aidy Ward.
When initially asked about the situation, the German said: “Nothing to say about this. Jerome is very young, so in a situation he has skills but physically it’s not easy for him in a central position in a Premier League game, to survive.”
But when pushed, Klopp expanded on the subject, saying: “It’s not important to get the highest wages of your life in your first year, it’s about getting a good education.
“I like Jerome, he’s a good talent. If he wants to stay with us then he’s welcome, if not then we can’t stop it.
“We need young players who want to learn, if they feel it’s the right place to learn then good. We can do that next season but not now. There’s no rush. I cannot make decisions for them, we can only offer things and first of all education.”
The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to Spain this summer.