Liverpool starlet duo Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel will be given the opportunity to impress Jurgen Klopp during pre-season, as reported by Liverpool Echo.
Both 18-years old, the duo kicked off their pre-season campaign tonight against Tranmere Rovers, starting for Liverpool in the second half in a 6-0 win at Prenton Park where Duncan scored the final goal.
Duncan and Glatzel scored more than 60 goals between them last season at Under-18s level, helping the club to the FA Youth Cup title where they beat Manchester City on penalties.
The Reds are without a number of first-team forward at the moment due to the African Cup of Nations, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah all unavailable. With Xherdan Shaqiri also injured, the duo will get their chance to impress the German boss.
Speaking prior to the Tranmere game on Thursday night, Klopp said of the two:
A lot of them [youngsters] will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. 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.
Which other Liverpool starlets could feature heavily in pre-season
The talented winger has impressed with Derby County on loan and will now be looking to feature more heavily for Liverpool’s first-team.
The teenage striker has yet to feature in a competitive fixture for Liverpool, so this pre-season campaign could be his time to stake his claim.
Brewster scored twice against Tranmere at Prenton Park, and that could provide Klopp with more food for thought.
The 18-year old midfielder also scored against Tranmere, and is looking to kick on this season, having been valued as a talented future star on Merseyside.
The promising left-back is another who has been name-checked to have a future in the game, and with Alberto Moreno now gone, Lewis will look to push on in pre-season.