Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez today completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Palmeiras. The 25-year-old agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club and will act as understudy to Jose Reina.
"Liverpool have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras," read a statement on the Reds' official website. Cavalieri, believed to have cost £3 million pounds, is Benitez's third significant close-season capture after the arrivals of Italian defender Andrea Dossena and Swiss full-back Philipp Degen.
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 admitted. "I watched some Liverpool games in both the Premier League and Champions League last year and I know Pepe (Reina) 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."
Diego Cavalieri joins compatriots Fabio Aurelio and Lucas at Anfield, and has already spoken to them 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 said.
"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."