Paul Glatzel is now at the front of the line for a first-team spot after Bobby Duncan left for Fiorentina.

Duncan moved to Tuscany in a £1.8m deal, (the Echo), after a week of accusations and controversy. Regardless of all that, he’s gone now and it opens up a chance for Glatzel.

Paul Glatzel.

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Glatzel and Duncan led Liverpool Under 18’s attack last season, scoring over 60 goals between them as the Reds won the Youth Cup. Glatzel, in particular, shone in that tournament. He scored eight times to finish as top scorer and lifted the trophy as captain.

That was enough for both to get opportunities in pre-season and they had the chance to earn Jurgen Klopp’s faith.

Liverpool Youth Cup 2019

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The chances of both making it in the first-team were slim, however. The duo are strikers and, naturally, would compete with 20-year-old Rhian Brewster as well as one another for a spot.


That makes life tough, given that Liverpool play with one central forward. Are two players, coming up together in the same position, both likely to make it? Unlikely. It’s even less likely with Brewster and Origi playing backup already.

Paul Glatzel

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But one may do it. You could perhaps have flipped a coin on Glatzel and Duncan but you no longer need to – only one remains.

Fans may be disappointed that the latter has left but there’s still a teenager who scored 28 times last season waiting in the wings. And now his chance is there – if he can take it.

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