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Paul Glatzel makes return from injury in Tuesday friendly

Paul Glatzel made his return from injury on Tuesday. Liverpool’s Under 23s played a friendly behind closed doors.

Good news for Liverpool as the highly-rated Paul Glatzel made his return on Tuesday. It came in a friendly behind closed doors against Salford.

Liverpool won the friendly 3-1 but Glatzel’s return is the highlight here. He’s been out since November with an ankle ligament injury.

But that’s not the half of it. The 20-year-old didn’t play at all last season after a serious knee injury – this was supposed to be his comeback campaign.

Instead, the Scouser got in just four games and one goal before another long-term lay-off.

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This is a player Liverpool have high hopes for. Jurgen Klopp labelled him ‘unbelievable’ back when Glatzel picked up that knee injury. Rhian Brewster’s sale opened the door for progression, too.

Hopefully, then, this is the time Glatzel finally gets going. We wish him all the luck in the world.

Liverpool 3-1 Salford

That wasn’t the only good news in this one, though. Abdi Sharif also made his return in the game, having been out since December.

We saw Layton Stewart score again, too. The teenager got his first U23s goal at the weekend and he followed it up with another here.

Joe Hardy and Billy Koumetio got the others on a productive day.

Competition

Glatzel’s return and Stewart’s form sets up an interesting contest. They’re the two bright, young striker prospects in Liverpool’s system.

Now they’ll both play together – and compete with one another for the limelight.

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We wonder what effect that’ll have on the duo. Both are really in first gear at the moment, with Glatzel needing to find fitness and Stewart still learning at the level.

But once they’re up to full speed, we look forward to watching them develop together. Hopefully, one or both of them can become the next big thing at Liverpool.

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