Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool?

Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp names Brazilian goalkeeper on the bench vs Newcastle

Amidst a mini Covid-19 outbreak, Jurgen Klopp didn’t really have a lot of options in his squad to name a very strong bench and he named a fairly unknown quantity in Marcelo Pitaluga on his bench. So, who is this player? And when exactly did he join Liverpool? Alley Sport helps you find out more.

Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool? When did Jurgen Klopp sign him

Liverpool signed goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga in October of 2020. He completed a free transfer to Anfield and trains with the senior team. He is currently the fourth choice goalkeeper at the club, behind Alisson Becker, Caiomhin Kelleher, and Adrian San Miguel.

Liverpool FC complete signing of Marcelo Pitaluga - Liverpool FC
Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool? The Brazil goalkeeper set for minutes soon? (Image: Liverpool official website)

Born on 20th December 2002, he turns 21 years old in a matter of few days from today. And what better birthday gift than being named on the Liverpool bench? The goalkeeper also won the FIFA U17 World Cup with Brazil in 2019. But he hasn’t really enjoyed any time out in the sun for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Can Marcelo Pitaluga get minutes for Liverpool in the future?

Currently, he plays in Premier League 2 for the Reds and is a regular starter there. It is a development squad and its purpose is to provide youth players for the senior time as they hone their skills with valuable competitive playing time in the lower divisions.

But being 20 right now, there is a long road ahead of him. Adrian is certainly the Reds next summer with his contract expiring and him not getting any younger. Kelleher is a threat for spots but the Irishman would surely aim for bigger things with time if he can’t displace Alisson- which is next to impossible.

So, it is very likely we see Pitaluga make an appearance for the Liverpool senior team sooner or later. He is yet to play a minute for Liverpool’s senior side but has been previously named on the bench in a recent 2-0 win against Preston North End in the EFL Cup.

 Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool? When did Jurgen Klopp sign him?
Who is Marcelo Pitaluga of Liverpool? When did Jurgen Klopp sign him?

He did not feature against Newcastle United on 16th December 2021 despite making the bench, which is obvious, but it shows signs that he is knocking on the door for more first-team chances.

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