Monday, April 22, 2019

Liverpool seal Cavalieri signing

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez signed Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Palmeiras on Friday.

Cavalieri, 25, agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club and will act as understudy to first choice keeper Jose Reina.

“Liverpool have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras,” a statement on the club's website read.

Cavalieri, believed to have cost three million pounds (3.7 million euros), is Rafa Benitez's third significant close-season capture after the arrivals of Italian defender Andrea Dossena and Swiss full-back Philipp Degn.

The Brazilian knows he faces a tough fight to replace Reina but expects to be rewarded in the long-term.

“I know it won't be easy to get into the team,” he told Liverpoolfc.tv. “I watched some Liverpool games in both the Premier League and Champions League last year and I know Pepe is a very good goalkeeper.

“But everyone has to fight for their place and I'm sure we will have a healthy rivalry.

“I know I will have to be patient and work very hard to achieve my aims – but it is always like that when you come from another country.

My confidence has got me where I am today and maybe people are aware of what I did at Palmeiras in Brazil. I am sure that one day I can get the number one position but that will only come with hard work.”

Cavalieri joins fellow Brazilians Fabio Aurelio and Lucas at Liverpool and has already spoken to his compatriots to find out about life on Merseyside.

“I had an opportunity to talk to Lucas and Fabio when I arrived and they have welcomed me with open arms,” he added. “They said that if there is anything I need they will help me. I'm very pleased that I'll be playing alongside some Brazilians.”

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