After finding the net an impressive 28 times for the U-18 side during their romp to the FA Youth Cup , Paul Glatzel was heavily tipped to break into the first team at some point during this campaign.

Season-ending ACL tear

His claims to the senior side were strengthened even more after the youngster was called up by Jurgen Klopp during the pre-season friendly against Tranmere.

But Glatzel’s dream start to the summer was brought to an abrupt halt during the 6-0 riot when he had to be taken off just 33 minutes into the game after injuring his knee.

Further scans revealed that the 18-year-old had ruptured his ACL and would most likely miss the entirety of this season after training with the senior side for barely a week.

A testament to how efficiently Liverpool is being run these days

While serious ligament injuries often pose question marks over the long term fitness of players, the coaching staff at Liverpool seem convinced that the youngster will make a strong comeback and the club has decided to reward the striker with a new long-term contract.

While Jurgen Klopp had told reporters that Glatzel would be looked after like “one of the lads” following his injury, the decision to reward him with a new contract while he’s on the sidelines is a testament to how highly the youngster is regarded at Anfield.

After such a show of faith from the club, Reds fans will be hoping that the youngster will be doubly focused on his recovery and make his comeback stronger than ever.

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