Alisson Becker appears to have played a unique role in Liverpool’s capture of Marcela Pitaluga. The 17-year-old joined the Reds this week.
Liverpool signed Marcelo Pitaluga this week and that’s thanks, in part, to Alisson Becker. The 17-year-old arrives from Fluminense after a lengthy process.
Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg explained it all to Liverpoolfc.com.
The process appears to have began at the U17 World Cup last November. Pitaluga made the team despite being a year younger than the other goalkeepers – and that caught Achterberg’s eye. The coach got a hold of some footage of the player and liked what he saw.
Then some convenient links to Fluminense then helped things along.
“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,” said Achterberg. “He saw him too and was also positive.”
Then an even more convenient link helped get a better look – Alisson’s brother was the first-choice keeper at Fluminense, having signed the previous July.
“I asked [Alisson] to speak to his brother to see how it goes and how he is doing,” Achterberg explained. “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.”
What RTK has to say
The fact Alisson got involved is certainly the most notable thing here. But really, the overall process to get a hold of Pitaluga is wonderful.
It relies on a lot of luck, of course. Liverpool just happened to have a player on loan there and just happened to have the brother of the first-choice goalkeeper.
But we can definitely say they’ve put their work and research in here. This isn’t any ordinary youth signing, then, as Pitaluga has been thoroughly scouted over nearly a year.
Liverpool certainly liked what they saw every step of the way and, hopefully, that bodes well for the future.