Marcelo Pitaluga secures loan move to St Pats from Liverpool

Marcelo Pitaluga

Marcelo Pitaluga Credit: St Patrick's Athletic

St Patrick's Athletic have acquired the services of 21-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.

The Brazilian, who joined the Premier League club in 2020 from Fluminense at age 17, has been named on Jurgen Klopp’s bench four times this season.

In addition, he has played in five of the nine Under-21 league games and made two appearances in the EFL Trophy.

Pitaluga becomes the second Liverpool loanee to join St Pats, following fellow keeper Vítezslav Jaros who spent the 2021 season with the club, contributing to their FAI Cup win.

Reflecting on his move, Pitaluga expressed enthusiasm. “It feels amazing to have joined St. Pats, it’s going to be a really big season and I can’t wait,” he said.

"I heard many good things about St. Patrick’s and the League of Ireland from Vítezslav Jaros and also spoke to Jon (Daly) and PJ (Pat Jennings),” Pitaluga added, affirming his belief that the move would be good for his career.

St Pats manager Jon Daly shared the club's excitement about the new signing.

“We’re really pleased to welcome Marcelo to the club and are looking forward to working with him,” Daly said.

He described Pitaluga as an excellent young goalkeeper who will strengthen the squad.

“Marcelo is someone who we’ve been monitoring for quite a while. We have met with him a number of times and been over to watch him train and play,” Daly explained.

“He’s coming from one of the biggest clubs in the world and has been training and playing at a really high level, we’re looking forward to getting him involved with the team and helping him settle into the group ahead of the new season.”