EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Liverpool have opened talks over a new contract with injured centre-forward Paul Glatzel, Football Insider understands.

The rising star, 18, is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up in the pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers earlier this summer.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Liverpool are keen to agree a new and improved deal with Glatzel even though he only signed his first professional contract in February.

The teenager, who qualifies for both England and Germany, is highly regarded at Liverpool after coming through the youth ranks at Anfield and has been a prolific goalscorer at all youth levels.

Glatzel scored 29 goals for Liverpool’s Under-18s last season as he captained them to FA Youth Cup success and he also broke into the Under-23s by the end of the campaign.

He forged a highly productive partnership at Under-18 level with Bobby Duncan, who quit to join Fiorentina last night.

Liverpool have high hopes for Glatzel and see him as a potential first-team star in the making.

He underwent knee surgery at the end of July after his shattering injury blow and is set to miss much of the campaign.

In other Liverpool news, it can be REVEALED that the club told a player to find a new team amid fears over dressing room harmony.