‘Liverpool ring me every so often’ – Striker makes big change on way back to Anfield dream

Liverpool forward Paul Glatzel remains committed to developing his own path despite witnessing the recent success of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones

Luck has not been on the side of Liverpool youngster Paul Glatzel in recent years.

Serious injuries have threatened to limit the progress being made by the 20-year-old forward at youth level, but he has shown great strength to bounce back on each occasion.

Glatzel rose to prominence during the 2018/19 campaign after his formidable strike partnership formed with Bobby Duncan fired the Liverpool under-18s to FA Youth Cup glory.

His 28-goal campaign was rewarded by Jurgen Klopp, who included the youngster in his pre-season plans and handed him an appearance away to Tranmere Rovers in July 2019.

“A dream come true, which ended as a nightmare” is how Glatzel summed up this experience as he was forced off during the match due to an ACL injury.

It was at Prenton Park where this cruel blow occurred – a ground the striker has become rather familiar with this term.

Glatzel joined Tranmere on a season-long loan back in July and is hoping to play his part in Micky Mellon’s side achieving promotion to League One.

Glatzel suffered an ACL injury against Tranmere while making his first-team bow for Liverpool
Glatzel suffered an ACL injury against Tranmere while making his first-team bow for Liverpool

The Liverpool-born attacker, whose parents are both German, has had to bide his time in recent weeks but started in Rovers’ 2-0 EFL Trophy win versus Salford City on Tuesday evening.

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Though unable to get on the scoresheet, Glatzel’s determination to win back possession throughout proceedings prompted shouts of “well done, Paul!” from Mellon on the sidelines.

Speaking after the match, Tranmere first-team coach Andy Parkinson told the ECHO that the Academy star is on the right track for a successful career.

“We’re pleased he got the opportunity to play, which is important. Paul has come in on his first loan, and first loans are always traditionally difficult,” said Parkinson.

“He is making good progress, we’re working with him constantly and we’re in communication with Liverpool regarding his development.

“It’s important to remember that Paul is coming back from a long-term injury as well, so we’re well-aware of that. It’s a collective effort between ourselves and Liverpool, for us to play a part in Paul’s development.

“He’s settled in well. Everyone at the club is approachable and adjusting to surroundings here is one of the easiest things to do because of the approach we have. You’ve then got to show the development, which he’s doing.”

Glatzel is still in search of his first goal for the Whites, but remaining patient has been a theme of his career to date.

“It’s always tough when you’ve not played for a few weeks and you come in and play in these games. I was happy with my game and the team performance,” the Liverpool loanee told the ECHO after Tranmere’s midweek win at Salford’s Peninsula Stadium.

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“I’m enjoying my time at Tranmere. It’s a different environment to what I’ve been used to in the past with the under-23s, but it’s been good and I’m just hoping to get as many games as I can.

“I played the first few games of the season, but have come out of the team in the last few. That’s just football, and I’m getting used to that.”

Adapting to the demands of League Two has been a test Glatzel has been ready to take on, as well as occupying the unfamiliar role of right midfield.

“It’s definitely a lot more physical compared to the Academy,” he admitted.

“As a young lad, I need to make sure that I don’t get caught on the ball too much because there are players at this level who are bigger, stronger and more athletic. I need to reduce the contact time, ensure I let my football do the talking and make sure I don’t get caught up in any battles.

“It’s a bit of a new position for me, to be playing on the wing. At Liverpool, I was playing more centrally as a No.10 or No.9 but it’s something to get used to and to adapt to. The gaffer is helping me with that by making sure I’m getting my positioning right and doing the runs that get me into the box.

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“Obviously, I would have liked to have scored a few more goals by now but I hope that will come.”

Regular contact has been maintained between both Glatzel and Liverpool since he departed on loan, with under-23s manager Barry Lewtas keen to monitor his development.

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