When fans talk of Liverpool’s promising young strikers, it can be hard at times to look past Rhian Brewster, the 19-year-old who’s been fast tracked into the first team and who Jürgen Klopp has said will see first team action this season.
He’s not the only promising young attacking talent at the club, though, and focusing in only on him risks doing a disservice to 18-year-old Paul Glatzel, who many at the club believe will have a starring first team role at Anfield in the future.
To that end, the club have done their part to signal that Glatzel is in their long-term plans, signing him to a new long-term deal today—a show of faith in the player despite a recent knee injury suffered in his pre-season senior debut.
“I was disappointed to get my injury at the start of the season, but it’s a great feeling and it shows that the club has got faith in me,” Glatzel said of his new long-term deal. “Now I can just focus on my rehab and get back on the pitch.
“I’ve been at the club for so long and I just want to keep going and see where it takes me. Hopefully I can crack on now. The contract makes it easier. Mentally, it’s good to be able to focus on the rehab and know that people have faith in me.”
Glatzel scored 28 goals in reserve appearances with the U23s and U18s last season and was captain of the U18 side. The German youth international was born in Liverpool and has been with the club since joining the academy at the U9 level.