Liverpool forward Paul Glatzel has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
The 18-year-old – who was born in England to two German parents – scored 28 goals for Liverpool’s under-18 side last season, including a tournament-high eight strikes as he captained the Reds to FA Youth Cup success.
However, after training with the first-team squad at the beginning of pre-season, the teenage forward suffered a serious knee injury during his first on-pitch involvement with the senior side in July’s 6-0 friendly victory against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park .
Glatzel has recently seen his strike partner from last season Bobby Duncan leave the club in acrimonious circumstances to join Fiorentina, but will see his new deal as a show of faith in his abilities from Jurgen Klopp and the rest of Liverpool’s first-team staff.
“It’s a great feeling obviously,” Glatzel told Liverpool’s official website upon signing the new deal.
“I was disappointed to get my injury at the start of the season, but it’s a great feeling and it shows that the club has got faith in me. Now I can just focus on my rehab and get back on the pitch.
“I’ve been at the club for so long and I just want to keep going and see where it takes me. Hopefully I can crack on now and keep going. The contract makes it easier.
“Mentally, it’s good to be able to focus on the rehab and know that there’s people that have faith in me and they know I’ll come back from my injury stronger and I’ll be ready when I’m back on the pitch.”
Liverpool haven’t put a timescale on Glatzel’s recovery from his knee injury, but will hope to see the youngster back on the pitch soon.