Paul Glatzel has been one of the academy’s most exciting prospects for some time now.
This continued on Friday when Liverpool’s under-23 side took on Arsenal at Boreham Wood FC.
The big difference was that Glatzel finally made his first appearance of the season, having missed the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign due to an ACL injury.
Born in Liverpool to German parents, the youngster has been with the club since U6 level.
Glatzel, 19 has represented both Germany and England at youth level thanks to his dual nationality. He has been called up to both national teams at youth level on account of his deadly finishing – he netted 28 times for the U18s in the 2018-19 season.
In a pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers last summer, the teenager suffered a cruciate ligament injury which has kept him out for the best part of a year.
Such is the faith in the youngster’s undeniable talent that he was rewarded with a new long term contract in September 2019 during the early stages of his rehabilitation process.
Glatzel began on the bench before coming on just after the hour mark against Arsenal.
One of his main strengths is his blistering pace, but his cool head in front of goal is another.
Tom Clayton scored the only goal on the night as Barry Lewtas’ side kept their winning momentum following last week’s impressive win against Chelsea.
The young Gunners fielded a starting XI which included the likes of summer signing William Saliba at the back and Folarin Balogun, who only made his first-team debut the previous night in Europe against Dundalk.
Reflecting on another important victory that sees Liverpool joint-top in Premier League 2, Lewtas told the club’s official website: “It was an unlikely 1-0 Tom Clayton winner! Fair play to Tom, it was a superb finish and I was really pleased with him. He was excellent again.
“The boys were superb in the first half. Our pressing was really good and we created a lot of chances.
“We missed some more guilt-edged chances in the second half but Arsenal didn’t really threaten our goal apart from when we made one brilliant block to keep them out.
“We defended very well again and overall it was a good night.
“It was great to have Paul back and give him some minutes. He held the ball up well and he offers us so much.”
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Bradley, Beck, Van den Berg, Savage, Clayton, Bearne (Glatzel, 62), Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 77), Longstaff (Ritaccio, 90), Cain, Millar.
Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, O’Rourke.
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