This summer Liverpool look likely to sign more youth players than first team stars. The Reds have taken this approach for a few windows now, building the team of tomorrow and only making small adjustments to the senior group. The recruitment team have already brought in Melkamu Frauendorf, now Liverpool look set to secure Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense. According to UOL in Brazil, Liverpool want to make Marcelo Pitaluga the ‘heir’ to Alisson Becker.
Who is Marcelo Pitaluga?
Just 17-years-old, Marcelo Pitaluga is the fourth choice goalkeeper for Fluminense and he was on the bench when Brazil U17s won the U17 World Cup in 2019.
The club’s first choice is Alisson Becker’s brother, Pitaluga was recently pictured smiling with the Becker brothers.
Pitaluga is said to be rated highly by his side – even though he is fourth choice that is an impressive feat given his age.
Pitaluga ‘heir’ to Alisson
Previously we had covered reports that Liverpool had submitted a bid for Pitaluga that was ‘likely‘ to be accepted.
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However, UOL in Brazil has reported that Fluminense have submitted a counter-offer and are waiting on a response from the Anfield club.
The outlet also claims that the Reds have been chasing the youngster for a while with a view to making Pitaluga ‘heir’ to Alisson Becker.
What RTK has to say
It would make sense for Pitaluga to follow in the footsteps of Alisson.
The pair will likely be training together not just on Merseyside but on international duty in future.
Continuity is key in football, drastic changes force bedding in periods, continuity helps smoothen out transitions.
The Reds know better than most what happens when you make drastic changes, ending the Boot Room approach led to three decades without a league title.
Fingers crossed we do land Pitaluga so that Alisson can mould him in his own image, teaching him the tools of the trade.