There can be few more heartbreaking episodes in a footballer’s career than a long term injury. Last summer that is just what happened to one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects when he suffered an ACL injury in a pre-season game with Tranmere Rovers. Paul Glatzel has spoken of the advice he has taken from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he fights through rehab.
The Ox himself is no stranger to injury spells.
The England midfielder suffered a long period on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in the Champions League semi final against Roma in 2018.
Our ex-Arsenal man has been counselling Glatzel on his injury. The youth player told the official club site:
“I look at the season Ox has had quite a lot because I know he had a tough injury like me.
“I had a conversation with him a few weeks ago about it and was comparing his rehab with the stage that I’m at, and he said I just need to keep going and focus and trust the physios.
“It was great for me to hear that from Ox and for me to know that if I stick to it I will be back, and I will be back to the form I was hitting before this injury. I can’t wait to get back.”
What RTK has to say
This is reassuring news. Paul Glatzel taking advice from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not only shows the unity within the club but also just how highly the young striker is rated – the first team want him back fit and firing.
Before his injury, Glatzel was tipped to announce himself to Kop faithful this season, with cup games likely to see him featuring up top.
It must have been tough for the striker this campaign, having had to watch Curtis Jones and Neco Williams establish themselves as first team candidates.
Thankfully the youngster has a strong head on his shoulders and he is taking the right advice from the right people, he appears to be focussed on returning to his best form.
His best form is more than promising, the 2018/19 season saw him net 28 goals for the U18s.