Liverpool recovered from the setback of losing Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina by signing his former strike partner up to a long-term deal at Anfield.

Indeed, Paul Glatzel put pen to paper on new terms with Liverpool before resuming his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury suffered in July.

Glatzel scored 28 goals for the Under-18s last season and the Reds have big plans for him as the club continue to build a bright future at the club.

 

It's a process Jurgen Klopp has overseen since the very first day he arrived at the club. Indeed, the former Dortmund boss was pictured at Liverpool's Academy in his first week as Reds boss.

This was a much needed change for the club in terms of the success it has brought to the first team, with Trent Alexander-Arnold establishing himself as one of Europe's finest young players.

The European Champions have already started laying the groundwork for the newest batch of hopefuls aiming to get into Klopp's plans, a process that began long before anyone expected.

Here are the key steps in Liverpool's youth revolution:

Raheem Sterling sold - 12th July 2015

No one could ever say this event was part of Liverpool's plan, with unsuccessful contract talks resulting in Sterling - who made his Reds debut at 17 - becoming the most expensive English player at the time at £49 million.

Jurgen Klopp (left) shakes hands with Raheem Sterling after the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Jurgen Klopp (left) shakes hands with Raheem Sterling after the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Bought from QPR but moulded in Kirkby, Sterling's success at City shows how well Liverpool's Academy staff looked after the youngster in the early part of his career.

And the near £50m fee allowed Liverpool to reinvest for the future.

Jordon Ibe sold - 14th July 2016

After Sterling's departure, Ibe was the next academy starlet thrust into the limelight on Merseyside.

He failed to reach the heights that Sterling did in his maiden campaign, scoring only four in 43 matches, however when AFC Bournemouth offered over £15 million for his services, the Reds allowed him to leave with no regrets.

 

Ibe proved to be another shrewd investment from Liverpool, but at this stage the Reds would have been desperate for the next starlet to be more than just a healthy profit.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's LFC debut - 25th October 2016

In late 2016 Klopp provided Ben Woodburn, Kevin Stewart, and non other than Trent Alexander-Arnold with their first team debuts.

Trent Alexander-Arnold arriving for the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016.
Trent Alexander-Arnold arriving for the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016.

The converted right-back from West Derby has gone on to become a main feature for the Reds, progressing through the ranks from six-years-old to become a European Champion at just 20.

His career prospects may have been boosted when previous first choice Nathaniel Clyne suffered a long term injury in 2017, however Alexander-Arnold underlined that the pathway at Liverpool was clear for youngsters at Anfield.

Klopp names his youngest Liverpool side - 8th January 2017

Despite Klopp signing the likes of Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum at the start of the 2016/17 campaign, the German fielded Liverpool's youngest average side since the turn of the century in January of that campaign.

The Reds' FA Cup third round tie at home to Plymouth Argyle meant there was a chance for the younger players to get some experience whilst resting some of the integral members of the squad.

 

The average age of the team that day was 21.8 years old, five of which were academy products, again being evidence of the ongoing influence of the academy on the club.

Work starts on new Kirkby training centre - 20th September 2018

Talks had been ongoing as early as September 2017, with the hope of relocating the first team from their historic Melwood training ground to a new, improved complex on the same site as the club's academy.

Work began nearly a year ago, and the project is set to be completed by summer next year.

This can be regarded as the club's biggest statement of intent in regard to bringing the first team and academy into one.

FA Youth Cup success - 25th April 2019

The Reds Academy underlined their potential when the Under-18s beat Manchester City's youngsters to lift the FA Youth Cup this spring.

Throughout last season a number of stars such as captain Paul Glatzel, Yasser Larouci, and the since departed Bobby Duncan made a name for themselves as the future of Liverpool Football Club.

Signings of Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott - Summer 2019

The Reds continued there hot streak with youngsters by snapping up young centre back Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, as well as Fulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott.

There were no marquee signings on the Red half of Merseyside this summer, so Klopp turned his attention to the future in the transfer market.

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Both have heavily featured for the U23s, as well as joining the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever as back up to the first team.

The next intake - September 2019

As recently as this week, Klopp has been making efforts to continue drafting in youngsters to his squad.

The Reds boss already had more first team members than usual during the international break, however allowed some of the Academy to train alongside his main group at Melwood.

One who's caught the eye of his coaches this week is another FA Youth Cup winner, Leighton Clarkson, so it shouldn't come as a surprise if he is one of the next to be handed his chance by Klopp.