Liverpool have announced the signing of teenage Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.
Having been linked with the 17-year-old glovesman all summer, the Reds have finally got the deal over the line with Pitaluga joining from Fluminense in his homeland.
He worked with current Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s brother, Muriel, during his time with the club, and will now train with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad at Melwood.
Pitaluga signs for Liverpool just days after they were thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa, with back-up glovesman Adrian deputising for Alisson – who faces six weeks out through injury.
Liverpool’s head of goalkeeping, John Achterberg, said: “I saw him for the first time in the World Cup squad. You’re checking all the goalies and looking at the ages.
“You see that he walias in the World Cup squad one year younger than the rest of the squad, then you think that’s worth a look because normally you have two goalkeepers of the same age, but if you have someone who is a year younger you think he may have some good attributes.
“He was at Fluminense; we got some games to look at, all the other goalie coaches also look at it – Jack [Robinson] and the Academy coaches Mark [Morris] and Taff [Neil Edwards]. And, of course, I speak to the gaffer and the rest of the coaching department here.
“In Fluminense we had Allan [on loan], so I spoke to Julian [Ward, loan pathways and football partnerships manager] if he saw a little bit of him in training there. He saw him too and was also positive.
“I asked Ali to speak to his brother to see how it goes and how he is doing. Ali spoke to his brother and Ali went training there. 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.”