Liverpool starlet Paul Glatzel has told the club’s official website of his appreciation towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The academy ace, 19, says the first-team star has been offering him bundles of support during his recovery from a serious injury.
The striker suffered a nasty ACL injury during pre-season last summer. The problem is similar to the one which ruled the £120,000-a-week Oxlade-Chamberlain out for almost all of the 2018/19 campaign.
Glatzel was in tremendous form for the club’s under-18 ranks last season. He fired an impressive 21 goals from 30 appearances, linking up well with Bobby Duncan.
His injury has obviously curtailed his progress somewhat, but he is extremely gratuitous towards Oxlade-Chamberlain for all of his support.
He told the club’s official website: “I look at the season Ox has had quite a lot because I know he had a tough injury like me.
“I had a conversation with him a few weeks ago about it and was comparing his rehab with the stage that I’m at, and he just said I need to keep going, focus and trust the physios.
“It was great for me to hear that from Ox and for me to know that if I stick to it I will be back, and I will be back to the form I was hitting before this injury. I can’t wait to get back.”
Glatzel must look at the current campaign as one he is gutted to be missing out on. Jurgen Klopp has utilised the academy during the domestic cup competitions and the teenager might have made his first-team debut.
Given his goalscoring prowess, however, that is still a possibility. Glatzel is well-respected by the coaching staff and is tipped for a bright future.
He isn’t willing to put a set date on a return, although he does have a rough idea of when he thinks he might be back in action.
He continued: “Not necessarily a date or a game but I think we are looking at two months or something like that, maybe the start of April.
“I don’t want to rush anything because it’s a long-term injury and the season will be nearly over. I just want to get right for pre-season and that’s what I’m aiming for.”
Glatzel scored the winning penalty in last season’s FA Youth Cup Final against Manchester City.
When he does return he will have his sights on the first-team. Despite his tender years, he will believe that he has the attributes to impress Klopp and that will surely be his aim.