Liverpool have a reputation for producing some of the game’s top talents at the academy. Most recently we have seen Trent Alexander-Arnold emerge as a world class full back whilst Neco Williams and Curtis Jones are beginning their breakthrough. The latest batch of youngsters are bidding to make their mark in the near future, the sight of Paul Glatzel training with the Liverpool first team is exciting news for Kopites.
Who is Paul Glatzel?
19-year-old Glatzel is one of the club’s finest prospects. Born in Liverpool to German parents the youngster has been with the club since U6 level.
Due to his dual nationality he has represented both Germany and England at youth level. He has been called up to both nation’s youth squads on account of his deadly finishing – he netted 28 times for the U18s in the 2018-19 season.
Why hasn’t he broken through?
Glatzel was tipped to make sporadic first team appearances this season but had his chances ruined by injury.
In a pre-season friendly with Tranmere last summer the teenager suffered a cruciate ligament injury which has kept him out throughout the season.
Such is the faith in the youngster he was rewarded with a new long term contract in September despite still recovering from a serious injury.
Cause for excitement
The Liverpool ECHO has reported that Paul Glatzel has been called up to training with the Liverpool first team along with Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson and Yasser Larouci.
Glatzel has long been one of the hottest prospects in the Reds’ academy, to see him called up to first team training following such an horrific injury is a massive show of faith from the gaffer.
The striker’s inclusion in first team training could also indicate that he could be in line for a cameo appearance before the end of the season. With Mason Greenwood lighting up the Premier League down the East Lancs Road we could do with a teenage sensation of our own to bang them in.