Liverpool have signed their U-18 captain Paul Glatzel to his first professional contract club. The highly-rated young forward has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, and scored on his first appearance for the under-23s team against West Ham on Monday evening.
Having formed a prolific partnership with Bobby Duncan – Steven Gerrard’s cousin – at under-18 level, Glatzel is being tipped to eventually challenge for a first-team birth at Anfield having been invited at train with the senior stars at Melwood on a regular basis.
Born in Liverpool to two German parents, Glatzel – who turned 18 on Wednesday – has played for Germany at under-15 and under-16 levels, as well as for England at youth levels too. The contract comes after Glatzel battled back from a broken leg to make it at Liverpool.
Reds academy director Alex Inglethorpe told the Liverpool Echo : “Paul fell off the radar probably when he was about 14 or 15. It happens with some lads, you go through your growth spurt and he couldn’t have had any more bad luck really. “It was one thing after another culminating in him breaking his leg. The support staff and the fitness coaches have been great in just monitoring his load a little bit throughout the year so he’s got stronger and stronger as we’ve gone on.
“He’s been on both England and Germany camps at youth level so if he’s lucky enough he’ll have a big choice to make at some point.”