Young Liverpool striker Paul Glatzel has been praised highly by manager Jurgen Klopp, who has indicated that the teenager could feature in his future first-team plans at Anfield.
The 18-year-old featured in the Reds’ first pre-season game last month, the 6-0 win over Tranmere, but he suffered knee ligament damage in that match and subsequently underwent surgery, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Glatzel is expected to be ruled out for all of this season, but he remains part of Klopp’s future plans.
The Liverpool Echo reported the manager as saying: “He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player, unbelievable. The week we saw him [at Liverpool training in Melwood] helped already, so when he is back he will be one of my boys because I really like what I saw.”
Glatzel came on as a half-time substitute in Liverpool’s pre-season win over Tranmere but had to be substituted in the 78th minute, with under-18s goalkeeper Dan Atherton being brought on to fill the void left in attack for the remainder of that game, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
The striker was very prolific for Liverpool’s youth and reserve teams last season, scoring 21 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.
That included 11 goals in 15 games in the Under-18 Premier League and eight goals in six matches in the FA Youth Cup, which Liverpool won after a penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester City in the final.
Unfortunately, Glatzel is one of several current Liverpool players to have been sidelined with long-term injury in recent years.
Nathaniel Clyne also fell victim to a serious injury in pre-season while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are still feeling their way back into the side after lengthy spells on the treatment table last season.
Rhian Brewster suffered ankle ligament damage that ruled him out of the second half of 2017/18 and former Reds striker Danny Ings saw his first two seasons at Anfield ravaged by knee injuries.
However, Brewster managed to overcome his injury setback to shine in pre-season for the Reds and, judging by that form, could feature sporadically for the first team this season in domestic cup games.
Glatzel can take heart from his team-mate’s experience as he continues his long rehabilitation, as well as from Klopp’s glowing praise, but Ings’ woes illustrate that it could also be very difficult to come back stronger from long-term injury.
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