Paul Glatzel has trained with Liverpool’s first team this week as Jurgen Klopp’s injury-hit side gears up for Saturday’s clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City, as reported by the Mirror.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Mo Salah all potentially unavailable for a daunting trip to Brendan Rodgers’ table-topping side, we could see an unfamiliar Liverpool line-up at the King Power.
The Mirror reports Billy Koumetio, Leighton Clarkson and Glatzel were just three of the fresh-faced academy starlets put through their paces by Klopp this week.
Luis Longstaff, Vitezslav Jaros, Jakub Ojrzynski and Jake Cain were also given a chance to test themselves as Klopp counts the cost of a hectic fixture schedule.
But while Koumetio is the most likely player to make his league debut at Leicester, with even Rhys Williams a doubt at centre-half, Glatzel’s inclusion in first-team training is even more intriguing.
“He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player, unbelievable,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website in June last year after Glatzel suffered an injury that would keep him out for the entire 2019/20 season.
It was “a shame”, Klopp added.
But after more than a year on the sidelines, the German-born 19-year-old is back in action, making his return for the reserve side in October.
It remains to be seen whether Glatzel can recapture the form that saw him score 21 times in a special 2018/19 season.
But with Klopp quite clearly a fan – and famed for giving youth a chance even at the top level – Glatzel should believe an opportunity will come his way if he earns it.
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