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By ESPN Staff

Liverpool complete Cavalieri deal

Liverpool have clinched the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri from Palmeiras, it was announced on Friday.

The 25-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club and will begin life at Anfield as understudy to Jose Reina.

Cavalieri becomes the third Brazilian at the club alongside Lucas and Fabio Aurelio and is manager Rafael Benitez's third major signing of the summer following the arrivals of full-backs Philipp Degen and Andrea Dossena.

Cavalieri, who also holds an Italian passport, fully accepted he would play second fiddle to Spain international Reina after joining the Reds.

'I know it won't be easy to get into the team,' he said.

'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.

'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.

'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.'

Despite the prospect of spending much of the coming season on the bench, Cavalieri, who is thought to have cost the club around £3million, hailed a 'dream' move to Merseyside.

'The name Liverpool is known all around the world. It's an honour to wear this shirt,' 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.'

• Meanwhile, Liverpool have agreed a fee with Newcastle United for the transfer of Danny Guthrie to the north east.

The former Academy player, who spent last season on loan at Bolton, will now discuss personal terms with Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan before finalising the deal.

A Liverpool spokesman said: 'We have agreed a transfer fee with Newcastle United for the transfer of Danny Guthrie.

'We have now given Newcastle permission to speak directly with the player.'

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