Jurgen Klopp lamented the knee injury that Paul Glatzel suffered against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday last week, hailing him as a “wonderful player.”
The boss told Liverpool’s official website: “Unfortunately Paul Glatzel got seriously injured, which is a shame. He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player, unbelievable.
“The week we saw him [at Melwood] helped already, so when he is back he will be one of my boys because I really like what I saw.”
The Liverpool-born German looked sharp for the 33 minutes that he was on the pitch and effectively rules him out of participating in the Reds’ tour of the USA.
It’s bitterly disappointing for the young forward because it would have been a fantastic opportunity to prove himself to Klopp or to show his talents to managers of Championship clubs potentially keen on signing him on loan.
That, and the fact that it would have been a great opportunity to learn from the more senior players in the squad and it’s easy to imagine how frustrated Glatzel must be.
He contributed directly to 25 goals in all competitions last season and would have really hoped to use this summer as a springboard for the early stages of his professional career.
Of course, from Klopp’s point of view, with the way that Rhian Brewster has been putting himself about in the last two games, Glatzel’s injury won’t prove too worrying.
Brewster is set to be a mainstay in the Liverpool senior squad next season and has shown a promising maturity in the 90 minutes he has played in the last week.