Date published: Thursday 8th October 2020 3:32
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of teenage goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Brazilian side Fluminense.
Pitaluga was partly scouted with the help of Reds’ current number one Alisson Becker’s brother Muriel while the pair were at Fluminense.
The 17-year-old, who was part of the Brazil squad which won the FIFA U17 World Cup on home soil last November, has started training at Melwood, where he will be based with the first-team group, and will play for the club’s academy teams.
“I asked Ali to speak to his brother to see how it goes and how he is doing,” goalkeeping coach John Achterberg told liverpoolfc.com.
“Ali spoke to his brother (also a Fluminense goalkeeper) and Ali went training there (during the club’s Premier League break in February).
“We saw a little bit from the training and the games he was playing for the reserves in Brazil.
“He was already 16 playing in the reserve team there so you also think ‘They trust him to play already in the reserves at 16’.
“Now he is here, we have to improve (him). He is still young, there is no pressure because there is still a long road and we don’t want to create any pressure for him because there is still work to do.”
Liverpool urged to sign Butland
Pitaluga may not be the only goalkeeper arriving at Liverpool this month after the news that Alisson would be out for at least a few weeks with injury.
Adrian did not impress in his place when deputising in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa, so many feel Liverpool need a more reliable alternative while Alisson is unavailable.
Premier League clubs can still sign players from the EFL until October 16th, and one former England goalkeeper thinks Liverpool should take advantage of that.
“While the domestic window is still open we may see Liverpool do some business,” Paul Robinson told Football Insider recently . “There is a lot of good goalkeepers that are not playing football right now.
“I can see Liverpool signing the likes of Jack Butland on a short-term deal. They need somebody like that.
“A player that has the experience of handling big games. Somebody of that ilk.”
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