Liverpool are ready to hand U18 striking duo Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel the chance to impress in pre-season, with the pair likely to feature against Tranmere Rovers tomorrow night, according to a report from the Liverpool Echo this morning.
With the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane still on holiday following international commitments this summer, as well as Xherdan Shaqiri currently recovering from injury, Klopp has confirmed that both Glatzel and Duncan will have the opportunity to come on the pre-season tour to the USA.
“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play,” stated Klopp. “We need all of them and that’s nice.
“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.
“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys. So, it’s good and it’s always like this: when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first team.
“The thing is you have to go through by yourself – we only open the door, we don’t push you through. So, I’m open, I’m very open for exciting football players and if the boys show up, good for them and good for us.”
Duncan and Glatzel picked up plenty of plaudits as they formed a formidable partnership for Liverpool’s U18s last season, while they played a key role in the team’s FA Youth Cup success. Duncan in particular had a phenomenal season in front of goal, scoring 32 goals and managing a further 18 assists in all competitions.
The pair, along with any other young players handed a chance by Klopp, will be hoping to make the most of their opportunity and stake their claim for the future.