LIVERPOOL FANS SHOULD REMEMBER CAVALIERI
Liverpool fans should remember the name Diego Cavalieri. The 32-year-old Brazilian keeper, moved to Liverpool in 2008 after signing a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.
Cavalieri became the third Brazilian player at the club, following the signings of Fábio Aurélio and Lucas Leiva. Upon his arrival, he was handed the number 1 shirt, last worn by Jerzy Dudek. Cavalieri made his competitive debut on 23 September 2008 against Crewe Alexandra in the third round of the League Cup.
He made his UEFA Champions League debut on 9 December against PSV and his FA Cup debut against Preston North End almost a month later. Cavalieri appeared four times during the 2009–10 season, taking his total of appearances to eight for the club, though he never made an appearance in the Premier League.
On 29 July, Cavalieri played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s first leg of their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against Macedonian side Rabotnički. Liverpool won 2–0 thanks to a David N’Gog header and a Steven Gerrard penalty.
Cavalieri ended up spending two years on Merseyside without ever making a first team league appearance for the Reds.
On 18 August 2010, Roy Hodgson confirmed Cavalieri would join Cesena after the Europa League tie against Trabzonspor.
The deal was confirmed on 23 August 2010, with Brad Jones taking the vacated number 1 shirt. He left Anfield for an undisclosed fee, having played ten games in two years for Liverpool, none in the Premier League.
The stopper has since returned to his homeland, where he now plays as a goalkeeper for Fluminense, and has made a total of 188 appearances at the club since arriving in 2011.
He has surprisingly turned out for the Brazilian national team 3 times in 2012 but has not been called up to the national team since then.