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Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg is delighted with the progress of Marcelo Pitaluga.

The teen joined Liverpool a year ago from Fluminense.

“He’s a good talent and we are happy with his progress,” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “Now he just needs to play more and more.

“He had quite a bit of an injury which obviously didn’t help him too much but now he’s back fit, he’s training and learning from Ali as well, and Caoimhin (Kelleher) and Adrian are all trying to help.

“We as the coaches, me and Jack (Robinson), try and help him as well to make the next step. That’s how it is.

“I don’t want to put him under pressure because he is still a young boy. The plan is to make the right steps for him, when he is ready to go on loan or maybe play some friendlies and stuff like that.

“We try to make the next step like we do with all the young goalies. Caoimhin is making really big steps. We did it with Danny Ward and then sold him.

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“We always try and have one or two of the young goalies up to improve them and to let them see the speed and the movements we’re having, to try and help them that way, but to also tell them individually what they have to do.”

He added: “It’s what we did with Kamil (Grabara) and then we sold him, but they can make a really good career and make the national team.

“They progress well but progressing with playing is better always, of course.”



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