Macclesfield FC director of football Robbie Savage has been blown away by the loan signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.
Pitaluga’s move to Macclesfield was announced on Friday afternoon. Taking to Twitter, Savage thanked Liverpool for trusting his club with the young player.
“Incredible signing,” wrote the former Premier League midfielder. “Thank you to LFC in trusting us with their young players, well done to all involved making this happen.”
It’s a slightly surprising move for Pitaluga. Macclesfield play in the eighth tier of English football and the young Brazilian is very highly rated by Liverpool. Hopefully the experience gives him the chance to get to grips with the physicality of men’s football.
Dropping lower than expected
As Liverpool look to have tied up their incoming transfer business, the focus has shifted to getting players out the door.
For many, that will come in the form of loans. Over recent days the likes of James Balagizi and Conor Bradley have secured moves to EFL sides.
Surprisingly, it’s Pitaluga who has found himself the furthest down the pyramid so far.
There are big things expected of the 19-year-old, so it really is a bit of a shock to see him drop so far down the ladder. Nevertheless, Liverpool are thorough when it comes to loans, and if they’ve deemed Macclesfield to be the best fit, then so be it.
The move should see Pitaluga get the chance to play regularly, and for a goalkeeper, that’s the main thing. He should also take heart from Rhys Williams experience just two years ago.
Williams joined sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers for the 2019/20 season. Just a year later, he found himself playing Champions League football for Liverpool.
Admittedly, that came on the back of an unprecedented injury crisis for The Reds. But Williams didn’t look out of his depth making the step up. Thanks to his time away, he’d got the senior football he needed for his development.
Fingers crossed for a similar outcome for Pitaluga. All the best, Marcelo!