So far this season in the Premier League, Liverpool have managed to win six and draw four of their opening ten league games of the campaign, meaning they are yet to lose a game after conceding just eight goals in the process.
One player that has played a significant part in Liverpool’s current campaign is Alisson Becker, who has played in all but one of their Premier League games so far this season.
Since joining Liverpool back in the 2018 summer transfer window from Italian club AS Roma for a reported fee of £66.8m, the Reds goalkeeper has made a total of 142 appearances for the Merseyside club across all competitions. In that time, he has managed to keep 64 clean sheets in the process, firmly cementing himself as their first-choice shot-stopper.
Even though the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £54m according to Transfermarkt, has a contract at Liverpool that isn’t set to expire until 2027, we feel that the club could already have their ideal heir for Alisson in their youth ranks with 18-year-old Marcelo Pitaluga.
Since then, the Brazilian teenager, who is currently valued at only £90k according to Transfermarkt, has made four appearances for the club’s U18 side, conceding two goals as well as making ten appearances for their U23 side.
With current Reds senior goalkeepers Adrian and Loris Karius’ contracts set to expire in the summer, their potential exits at that point could see Pitaluga join up with Alisson and Caoimhin Kelleher in Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad if the German believes Pitaluga is ready to mix in with those two.
If Pitaluga can keep playing regularly for Liverpool’s U23 side on a consistent basis, we feel he has a good chance of breaking into their senior squad before becoming Alisson’s heir further down the line. Not only do they hail from the same country but they also stand at similar heights (6 foot 3), suggesting their reach is one of their strongest facets.