Jurgen Klopp had some words about the future at Liverpool and it suggests a particularly bright one for Paul Glatzel. The teenager is yet to make his senior bow.
“You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use [Scousers] as often as possible,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not?
“That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser.”
It’s always special to have young, local players coming up through the ranks and making it in the first-team. It’s something Liverpool have always thrived on – even when they’re not winning too much.
But the Reds were without a truly elite Scouser for some time after Steven Gerrard left. In fact, it looked like the club could be without one for some time. Fortunately, Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up to rest any fears.
And now Curtis Jones looks set for great things, too. It’s quite special to hear Klopp say he isn’t done there – there’s a commitment to promote local talent.
That should excite one young player in particular in Glatzel.
The 19-year-old may have broken through this season but an injury in pre-season ended any hopes. He is back in first-team training now, however, and we could see him before long.
Glatzel, born in Liverpool to German parents, bagged 28 goals for the under 18s in 18/19. He’s a player with potential – something Klopp must see, given his pre-season outings last July.
In fact, Klopp labelled him a ‘wonderful player’ when he picked up his injury, lamenting that it would keep him out of action.
He certainly seems to see something in Glatzel, then, and you’d imagine he’s near the front of the queue as a young Scouser looking to step up.
Especially as there is space at Liverpool for a centre-forward. Divock Origi is running out of chances, while Rhian Brewster is off on loan. Given Brewster’s success, he may get further offers for next season.
And if that does happen, Glatzel has his chance to secure a Liverpool future. Origi isn’t impressing, Brewster may be elsewhere, and the 19-year-old Glatzel may have his turn.
One thing he can be certain of is that Klopp will absolutely hand him that chance – as long as he earns it.