Marcelo Pitaluga: Liverpool announce signing of 17-year-old goalkeeper from Fluminense
- Liverpool were humiliated 7-2 at the Villa Park on Sunday, October 4 by Aston Villa
- The Red Devils were battered, but they have just signed a new goalkeeper
- Fluminense star Marcelo Pitaluga has joined the Premier League champions
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Marcelo Pitaluga has joined Premier League champions Liverpool permanently after the goalkeeper impressed, helping the Brazil U17 team win the FIFA U17 World Cup on home soil last November.
He also featured twice on the bench for Fluminense’s fixtures in the Brazilian Serie A last season where he worked with Alisson Becker’s brother, Muriel.
Liverpool have confirmed that their new signing has resumed training at the Melwood Park and he will remain with the first team, while playing for the club’s Academy teams.
The club's head of goalkeeping John Achterberg told Liverpoolfc.com:
“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 was 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.
“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."
And this is coming barely four days that Aston Villa defeated the reigning champions 7-2 at the Villa Park.
The Reds will hope their latest signing will grow to become the number one choice in the near future.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Victor Moses should have completed another loan move to Inter Milan on deadline day but reports claim the Nigerian did not return to Italy on time.
Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte was still interested in working with the Chelsea winger for another loan spell but Moses reportedly failed to show up.
It is understood that the Italian manager was familiar with Moses rather than signing Rennes' wing-back Dalbert Henrique.
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