Liverpool have been strengthening the academy in recent years, building the best team of tomorrow. Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg were brought in last summer, Melkamu Frauendorf arrived during this window. Another teenager has arrived on Merseyside recently, the Liverpool signing of Marcelo Pitaluga surely spells the end of Caoimhin Kelleher.
Caoimhin Kelleher at Liverpool
21-year-old Cork native Kelleher joined the Reds in 2015 from Ringmahon Rangers.
He has since progressed through the ranks at the academy and been handed sporadic first team appearances.
He made three appearances in the EFL Cup last season, putting in some impressive performances and making a vital penalty stop in the shootout against Arsenal.
Liverpool sign Pitaluga
Despite James Pearce reporting the news of his £700k arrival weeks ago, Liverpool have just announced the signing of Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.
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The 17-year-old shot stopper arrives with a growing reputation. He was recently a part of the Brazil squad which won the U17 world cup.
He was fourth choice for Fluminense, Alisson Becker’s brother is first choice at the Serie A outfit.
Pitaluga arrival bad news for Kelleher
Liverpool signing Marcelo Pitaluga must surely spell the end for Caoimhin Kelleher.
The Reds won’t be needing two young goalkeepers, they wouldn’t have signed Pitaluga if they had hopes that Kelleher would challenge for a first team spot in future.
The Brazilian is being groomed to be Alisson Becker’s successor and will train with the first team but play for the academy.
Just what will happen with Kelleher remains to be seen, perhaps a loan spell would be beneficial for the Irishman so that he can get some vital first team minutes.