Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel as two youth players who could get first-team chances soon, Liverpoolfc.com reports.
Duncan and Glatzel could be included in pre-season matches against Tranmere Rovers and for the tour to the United States. However, Klopp has warned that breaking into the first-team for the 2019/20 season will be a difficult task.
Klopp told the club’s official website: “I would say it’s quite difficult to immediately be part of that first-team squad because we are really strong, but it’s always like it is. These boys are our future if they want to be our future.”
He name-dropped Duncan and Glatzel as two starlets who could get a chance. Both players are strikers and they impressed in the academy teams last season, catching Klopp’s eye.
Klopp added: “Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel: our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.”
Duncan and Glatzel: Stars of the future
It is clear that Klopp is taking this long-term project seriously. Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have been brought in to bolster the youth ranks and Klopp is also eager to see Duncan and Glatzel in action.
Both players have seriously exciting futures ahead of them. Duncan, 18, scored 25 goals in 36 youth team games last season, as well as providing eight assists.
The England U18 starlet is considered a top talent for the future for both club and country. As is Glatzel. The 18-year-old Germany youth striker scored 21 goals in 30 games. Can either make an impression on Klopp in pre-season?