Liverpool coach says 'excellent' 19-year-old who's yet to debut just keeps on getting better


Liverpool coach says 'excellent' 19-year-old who's yet to debut just keeps on getting better

Liverpool U23 boss, Barry Lewtas, talked up Marcelo Pitaluga this week. The young goalkeeper just keeps on getting better.

Liverpool Under 23s wrapped up their season on Wednesday with victory in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup. They beat Burnley U23s 1-0, with James Norris firing home the winner.

That’s 11 games undefeated to end the campaign – something that bodes well for next season. Manager Barry Lewtas was in understandably high spirits after the game as he talked up his players.

One of those he had a special mention for was Marcelo Pitaluga. The young Brazilian goalkeeper has been making some waves at Liverpool ever since joining – and he just keeps getting better.

“Marcelo was excellent,” Lewtas told after the game. “When we reflect on the course of the season and how well we have done since Christmas, he has been a big part of that.

“His kicking has improved, as has his ability to come for crosses under pressure. In our last two games, for example, he made a big save against United and another one tonight at 0-0, so he has been a big part of what we have done.”

Marcelo Pitaluga at Liverpool

We know how highly Liverpool think of Pitaluga. Jurgen Klopp himself has talked of the player’s ‘incredible’ talent.

“Marcelo is an incredible talent, so the next one in line,” he told the Guardian this year.

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We think the 19-year-old could step up into the first-team fold next season, in fact. Adrian’s contract comes to an end this summer and his lack of games surely means he won’t sign a new one. Pitaluga would then surely get some sort of chance to make his first-team debut across 2022/23.

As Klopp says, Pitaluga is the next one in line – and what a line it is. With Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher and Pitaluga, Liverpools hopefully have their goalkeepers sewn up for a long time to come.

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