Marcelo Pitaluga could leave on a January loan, according to one Liverpool coach. The Brazilian goalkeeper appears to have great potential.
Marcelo Pitaluga arrived at Liverpool almost exactly a year ago. The youngster joined from Fluminense and is a fairly unique transfer.
Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg caught wind of the goalkeeper some time ago and had an unusual way of finding out more. Alisson Becker’s brother also plays for Fluminense as a goalkeeper and the Reds’ no.1 was happy to ask for more information on Pitaluga.
Alisson even went and trained with Fluminense himself, bringing back footage of Pitaluga along with reports. Liverpool quickly decided that he was a player worth pursuing.
Now the teenager is with the Reds and although injury has derailed things thus far, Pitaluga appears to have some real potential. It’s all about finding the best way to develop the youngster.
And according to Achterberg, that could mean sending Pitaluga out on loan in January.
Pitaluga could leave on loan
“If the right step is there and we feel he is ready, then we discuss it and make the decision,” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “We’re always looking at it.
“If he plays for the reserves this weekend, or maybe something happens in January. We don’t know.
“We try to get him as many games every week to keep improving and we’ll take it from there.”
Pitaluga is still only 18 and hasn’t played senior football before, with only a handful of Under 23 games under his belt. Yet Liverpool appear to believe that he could succeed on loan.
That’s a sign of just how highly they rate the youngster. It’s all well and good wanting him to play senior football, it’s another matter to believe he could do it well.
Regardless, it sounds as though Liverpool are ready to push Pitaluga forward for his next step. We’re not sure that’ll mean senior games with the Reds – there are three keepers ahead of him, after all – but a loan might be on the cards.
The youngster is certainly one to keep an eye on. It sounds as though 2022 could end up being a big year for him.