Paul Glatzel was the latest Liverpool player to suffer a serious injury. Glatzel, a talented & promising German striker was given the opportunity by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to impress during the summer preseason at the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign. Liverpool usually faces off against lower tier competition before heading to America or the Far East for their preseason tour. Their first preseason test was against local side Tranmere Rovers of July 11th.
Glatzel was impressive in the match, scoring the 6th goal of the day. A lot of Liverpool’s first team players were still away on holiday so Paul figured it was his chance to make an impression on Klopp and his staff. Sadly, he would go on to tear his ACL. A brutal blow for the teenager.
Where most managers would just move on with preseason, Klopp wanted to make sure Glatzel felt important. Jurgen called him a few days later.
“I had the scan, which revealed I had torn my ACL and damaged the lateral meniscus so I had to have an operation,” Glatzel told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Once I had got my head around it I just had to focus on the gym and try to get back as soon as I can, and I’m on my way now.
“The boss said I was to do my rehab here at Melwood, which gave me a little lift because obviously you are around the [first-team] boys, which was a good feeling at not a good point in my career.
“The boss actually rang me a few days later and told me I was doing my rehab here.
“It was a great feeling, not in terms of what I wanted with being out injured, but it was good to be told by the boss I should do it here and he wanted me to do it here.
“It was a surreal moment when the boss rang me because I didn’t expect it and it was such a great feeling.
“When I come in every day to Melwood the boys are buzzing and there’s a great feeling at the training camp.
“They are obviously doing really well and it’s great to be here.”