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Liverpool sign keeper Cavalieri

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez
Benitez is re-shaping his squad for the new season

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has made Palmeiras keeper Diego Cavalieri his latest summer recruit.

The 25-year-old was born in Brazil but has an Italian passport and has signed a four-year contract.

He joins full-backs Andrea Dossena and Philipp Degen as the other signings for the Reds so far in the close season.

He will be understudy to number one Pepe Reina at Anfield and his arrival suggests Benitez will allow keeper Scott Carson to move on.

"I know it won't be easy to get into the team," Cavalieri told Liverpool's official website.

"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.


"You have to adapt inside and outside of the pitch and get used to the way things work but with hard work you get there.

"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 Lucas Leiva and Fabio Aurelio at Anfield.

He added: "It was a dream for me to come to Europe, though I was taken aback by how quickly everything happened. It's all been sorted out in one week.

"But I have been given a very good welcome from my team-mates and the manager, so I'm very happy to be here. I just hope I can respond to all this.

"Rafa and I spoke for a long time on the day I arrived. He explained to me how the football is here and the differences from Brazil. He also talked to me about the responsibilities of representing a club like Liverpool."

see also
Crouch seals 11m Portsmouth move
11 Jul 08 |  Portsmouth
Benitez rules out move for Villa
10 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Dutch youngster joins Liverpool
10 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Benitez fears Babel Olympic call
09 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool secure deal for Dossena
04 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool complete deal for Degen
04 Jul 08 |  Liverpool
Barry returns to Villa training
09 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa

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