Liverpool senior staff have been hugely impressed with the impact of summer signing Marcelo Pitaluga and are closely watching the goalkeeper’s development, reports Goal.
Pitaluga, 17, has already clocked up two appearances for the U18s since joining the Reds from Fluminense in October.
He is expected to start between the sticks when Liverpool U18s host Manchester United at Kirkby on Saturday morning 11:30 GMT.
Jurgen Klopp will likely be watching the encounter at the club’s new AXA Training Centre.
The Liverpool boss recently showcased that he has no qualms in throwing an unproven youngster in at the deep end when he handed Caoimhin Kelleher a surprise Champions League debut on Tuesday.
Rather than put his faith in goalkeeping veteran Adrian, Klopp instead entrusted the talents of the 22-year-old Irish shot-stopper.
Kelleher vindicated the manager’s trust with an accomplished and assured performance against Ajax which culminated in a stunning reflex save to deny Klaas Jan Hunterlaar a late equilisier.
However, despite stealing the plaudits in midweek, Kelleher isn’t the only Liverpool goalkeeper with a burgeoning reputation.
Teenager Pitaluga has seriously impressed club officials since trading Brazil for Merseyside earlier this summer. He has been a regular feature with the first-team in training.
According to Goal, the hulking 6ft 3in shot-stopper has made a big impact behind the scenes and is already wowing a number of the club’s coaching staff.
Pitaluga is well known to Liverpool’s No 1 and FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson Becker because his brother, Muriel, plays for Fluminense. The trio have been pictured together on social media.
With that said, it isn’t surprising to see that Portuguese publication UOL have dubbed Pitaluga as the natural successor to his fellow countryman and Liverpool No.1 Alisson Becker.
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