The Liverpool goalkeeper coach has reacted to the signing of Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.
“You see he was on the World Cup squad a year younger than the rest of the squad, so you think it’s worth a look because normally you have two goalkeepers from the same age, but if you have someone who is a year younger, you think he may have good attributes.
“He was in Fluminense; we have a few games to watch, all the other goalie coaches are watching him too – Jack [Robinson] and the Mark Academy coaches [Morris] and Taff [Neil Edwards]. And, of course, I’m talking to the gaffer and the rest of the coaching department here.
“In Fluminense, we had Allan [on loan], so I spoke to Julian [Ward, loan pathways and football partnerships manager] if he saw any in training there. He saw it too and was also positive.
“I asked Ali to talk to his brother to see how it’s going and how he’s doing. Ali spoke to his brother and Ali went to train there. We saw a bit of the training and games he played for the reserves in Brazil.
“He was already 16 in the reserve team there, so you also think they trust him to already play in the reserve at 16. ”
“Now that he’s here, we need to improve [him]. He is still young, there is no pressure because there is still a long way to go and we do not want to put pressure on him because there is still work to be done.
“First of all, you have to let him settle in, find his way. He needs to learn speed, the kind of game in England is different from Brazil, it’s much faster and there is more aggression. You also need to calculate all of these to work a bit. ”