In an effort to address his midfield injury problems, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has landed arthur Melo on loan from Juventus on the final hours of the summer transfer deadline window. With ThiagoCurtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson All nursing injuries, Liverpool have been light on midfield at the start of the season and Arthur brings an experienced option into the squad.
Time sharing between Barcelona and Juventus, Arthur is performing at the high levels expected for Liverpool to compete on all fronts while offering a chance to repair their worth after falling out of favor under Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. Not exactly a goalscorer, Arthur won’t light up the stat sheet at Liverpool, but he’s a tidy passer who can slot into Klopp’s midfield.
The Brazil international also fits into the team as Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are all involved in the international setup, and there’s no doubt he’s looking for more minutes to get Tite’s attention. This familiarity can help Arthur settle in quickly, which is essential for closing deals on deadline day. Liverpool looked happy with the squad to start the season and approached their midfield with a not-so-flashy signing after spending big on Darwin Nunez, but Arthur is providing quality depth.
When Thiago returns from injury, Klopp will have the chance to try to keep his midfielders fresh while not putting too much pressure on him. At Harvey Elliott shoulders as he is not far from a broken ankle suffered last season. With a less than stellar start to the season, a new midfielder combined with a last-second win against Newcastle United Wednesday should be just what the Reds need after a less than stellar start to the season.
With Darwin returning from suspension this weekend, it’s the best way to head into the Merseyside Derby against Everton Saturday. There is still a lot of work to do as Liverpool are already seven points behind of Arsenal pace at the top of the Premier League and five points behind Manchester City. But Klopp’s side are starting to recover in other areas with Joel Matip and Diogo Jota return to training which is a welcome boost as the Reds prepare to race.