Paul Glatzel has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool amid an outstanding individual campaign for the club.
The striker has been instrumental for Barry Lewtas’ U18s this season, captaining the young Reds to joint-top in the youth Premier League alongside Merseyside rivals Everton.
Such has been his sparkling form that he has also been called up to the U23s on multiple occasions, notching his first goal for Neil Critchley’s side in the recent 1-0 win over West Ham.
His latest strike means he now boasts a superb tally of 23 goals across all competitions so far this term.
It marks a deserved reward for the promising teenager, who has battled to overcome a broken leg and hamstring issues in recent years.
Glatzel’s new deal, arriving in the week he turns 18-years-old, was confirmed by Liverpoolfc.com.
✍🔴 We're delighted to announce Paul Glatzel has signed his first professional contract with the Reds! 🙌https://t.co/wzWMK2e3bj
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 20, 2019
Glatzel is the latest in an increasingly-long line of academy graduates to commit their immediate future to the club.
Left-back Adam Lewis recently penned a long-term deal having asserted himself as a prominent figure in the U23s and earned a place in senior training this season.
The Englishman was recently part of the first team squad that Jurgen Klopp took to Marbella for a warm-weather training camp during the team’s extended break.
He has been strongly tipped as a possible replacement for Alberto Moreno, who is expected to leave in the summer, and an heir to Andy Robertson.