Liverpool have added a new shot stopper to their ranks.
On Thursday the club announced the signing of 17-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Brazilian side Fluminense on a long-term contract. The fee is believed to be in the region of £1.8million.
The teenager is joining the Reds after a successful period in Brazil’s youth setup, who won the u17 World Cup on home soil last November. Pitaluga has worked consistently over the last couple of seasons at Fluminense with Alisson Becker’s brother, Muriel.
During this time, he was promoted to the first team squad and has found himself in the matchday squad on a couple of occasions.Embed from Getty Images
The former Fluminense man was spotted training at Melwood back in September without the deal being formally announced. Since joining he has taken part in first-team training sessions regularly, but will likely find his game time in the academy set up for the foreseeable future.
After the signing was formally announced, head of goalkeeping John Achterberg discussed the young man with Liverpoolfc.com.
He said: “You see that he was in the World Cup squad one year younger than everyone else, then you think he must be worth having a look at because they normally have two goalkeepers the same age.”
“He was already 16 playing in the reserve team [at Fluminense] and you think they must trust him to play already in the reserves at 16.”
Pitaluga’s signing was made straight forward as the youngster holds a German passport, making it easier for him to join the Reds as they avoided the normal work permit complications. This meant a smooth transition into training which is always important for young players moving clubs.
Being compared to teammate Alisson, it is clear to see the similarities the 17-year-old has to the current No.1. His distribution and ability with the ball at his feet is an easy comparison to make, with his big frame ideal for being a shot-stopper.
However, from the early impressions he has made when commanding his area, he has fallen short on a handful of occasions. However, this will come with age and experience as he develops at Liverpool over the coming years.
It’s clear Klopp has purchased something special in the young Brazilian. With the promising ability he already holds, it might not be long until we see Pitaluga getting his chance in the cup competitions.
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