Liverpool currently have a number of their players out on loan deals across the country from their senior squad such as Rhys Williams, Sepp van den Berg and Ben Davies among others.
However, one player that is currently out on loan from Liverpool’s U23 side is 20-year-old centre-forward Paul Glatzel, who is spending the season with League Two side Tranmere Rovers.
Glatzel, who is a product of Liverpool’s youth system, has made 27 appearances for Liverpool’s U18 side in which he has managed to score 21 goals and provide three assists as well as making 11 appearances for the U23s, scoring three and assisting four.
Unfortunately, his loan spell with Tranmere has not got off to a flying start. Glatzel, who was described as an “unbelievable” player by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp a few years ago, has managed to rack up just one assist and no goals in eight appearances.
Additionally, Glatzel has not featured in any of Tranmere’s six previous league fixtures, not even making the squad for the latest two, which surely won’t be pleasing to the Liverpool fans or anyone at the club who presumably sent the youngster out on loan to get him some regular playing time against senior opposition.
Taking a look at his output on the pitch when he has played for Tranmere, the fact that he has only managed to rack up 0.8 shots per game, 0.4 key passes per game and 0.2 dribbles per game shows that he hasn’t been particularly effective for the team when he has been given the chance to show what he can do.
Additionally, he has also lost the ball on average every 3.5 touches per game, a poor tally for someone who’s played such little football.
In our view, it’s still early days into his loan spell with Tranmere so Glatzel still has enough time to turn his fortunes around and get the most out of his time there, but the player and everyone at Liverpool will definitely want him to be playing regularly throughout the rest of the season.
If Glatzel does manage to get back into the team and get a good run of form under his belt before returning to Liverpool, this could be a big step forward for the player in terms of his career progression and development and potentially a step closer to playing in Liverpool’s senior team.