Paul Glatzel has three years to stop Liverpool bringing back Rhian Brewster. The striker has scored his first goal since returning from injury.
Paul Glatzel scored his first goal since returning from injury on Friday. The 19-year-old bagged as Liverpool U23s beat their West Ham United counterparts 4-2.
And what a moment that will have been for Glatzel. The teenager suffered a bad knee injury in July 2019, keeping him out of action for over a year. He’s still not back to full fitness, in fact.
But this is a player Liverpool have high hopes for. Jurgen Klopp labelled him ‘unbelievable’ and a ‘wonderful player’ back when the injury happened.
No wonder, seeing as Glatzel scored 28 goals for the U18s back in 18/19. He’s got a very bright future, especially as Klopp wants more Scousers in the team as it is.
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But if Glatzel wants a real future with Liverpool, he might only have three years to earn it.
Liverpool sold a very similar player to Glatzel this season. Rhian Brewster joined Sheffield United for around £23m – a big fee for a player without Premier League experience.
And Brewster and Glatzel really are similar. Both are young, English goalscorers and both have overcome serious knee injuries that cost them a year of their respective careers.
Liverpool clearly liked Brewster, too – Glatzel isn’t the only one the Reds see a big future in. The club still sees that future in Brewster, given they reportedly put in a three-year buy-back clause into the Sheffield United deal.
There will not be room for both players, you wouldn’t think. They’re too similar in age and too similar in roles. It’s advantage Glatzel, though, as he’s still at the club – Liverpool would have to sign Brewster back, presumably for more than they sold him.
The countdown is on, then. Glatzel has three years to prove he’s the future of Liverpool’s attack and that the Reds needn’t consider activating that buy-back clause.