Paul Glatzel has long been thought of as one of the bright stars of the Liverpool FC Academy. The 20 year was born on Mereyside to German parents, and joined the Liverpool set up at the U9 level. As he progressed through the youth ranks, he seemed to just score goals for fun at every level. He’s even made it into Liverpool’s senior team for a cup match.
The highlight of his young career was when he scored 21 goals and assisted 4 others across all competitions during the 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, the youngster suffered a major knee injury against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason game ahead of the 2019-20 season.
After a year of hard work to recover from his injury, Glatzel was able to return to play for the U23s in the 2020-21 season, where he chipped in two goals and four assists. With the youngster looking to make the next steps in his career, Liverpool have agreed to send him on loan to local League Two side Tranmere Rovers, the side he injured his knee against.
Tranmere manager Mickey Mellon, recently appointed for his second stint in charge of the club, spoke of his newest signing.
“Paul has great qualities and he has joined us from a massive Premier League club,” said Mellon.
“He has great technical quality, work rate and goal scoring ability alongside a desire to keep on improving. He has great ambition which is always great to work with. He is a player we know a lot about and when the opportunity became available to bring him in alongside building our relationship with Liverpool, it is a win-win situation. We felt it was the right move and we have brought a quality player into the group.”
Mellon and Tranmere will be looking to build on the last season, where the club made it to the League Two playoff. It will be a good challenge for Glatzel to be in a senior team environment where they expect to be in the hunt.
“He is very highly rated at Liverpool and they believe we can help him with his development and take him to the next stage and he will help Tranmere move forward with the group we already have.”
Glatzel, for his part, feels ready for the challenge and is excited to get to work. Ypu can listen to his full introductory interview below.
“I’m looking forward to coming in here and showing everyone what I’m about,” said Glatzel.
“There’s a big difference between [U]23s and first team, and there’s a lot more pressure on the first team football, and I think I’m ready for that. I’m looking forward to kicking on and making my debut and getting experience.”
️ Listen to Glatzel's first interview as he joins Rovers from LFC on loan#TRFC #SWA pic.twitter.com/B5RitaNbLw— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) July 2, 2021
Good luck to Paul and Tranmere!