ST HELENS, ENGLAND - Monday, January 21, 2019: Liverpool's captain Paul Glatzel during the FA Youth Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Accrington Stanley FC at Langtree Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Academy striker Paul Glatzel to sign first professional contract with Liverpool

Academy striker Paul Glatzel is set to sign his first professional contract with Liverpool after a prolific season with the Under 18s.

A youth prospect with the Reds since U9 level, Glatzel has been a regular on the scoresheet this term with the youth sides and has debuted for the U23s.

Although he doesn’t turn 18 until next week, he is already spoken about as a potential star of the future and the Echo report he will sign the deal after his birthday as a reward for his immense progress this season.

Glatzel has netted 22 goals across all competitions this term, establishing a dangerous partnership with Bobby Duncan in the U18 side.

He has also worn the captain’s armband this term, pointing to his maturity as well as his ability on the pitch.

While he struggled for game time due to injuries for a couple of years, Glatzel has made great strides more recently.

His movement, as well as technique, has been hailed as “elite” by former Reds youth coach Tim Lees.

Liverpool have been on a steady programme of rewarding progress and performances right throughout the club over the past year.

Several senior players have been tied down on new long-term deals, including Academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold, while other young hopefuls at different stages of development, such as Harry Wilson and Liam Coyle, have also signed new contracts.

Glatzel now becomes the latest and he’ll look to push on further and progress toward the U23s on a regular basis.

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