Extraordinary claims that Liverpool are already considering ending Arthur Melo’s Anfield loan spell have been shot down. It had been suggested Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with the Brazilian midfielder and is already willing to cut short his stay on Merseyside after just two weeks at the club.
Arthur joined on loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day earlier this month and has thus far made just one appearance as a substitute. It has been reported in Italy by Tuttuomercatoweb, however, that the 26-year-old is not as good a player as Klopp was expecting him to be.
However, Liverpool have no plans to end Arthur’s loan from Juve early. Guillem Balague tweeted: “They are still assessing him. In fact the coaching staff congratulated him on his understanding of the system and his quality
“He decided to ignore days off to keep working as he knows he still has got [to] catch up with demands.” And everything Klopp has said publicly of Arthur indicates the German is excited to work with the former Barcelona midfielder.
When Arthur, 26, first joined, Klopp said: “What does he bring? He’s a really good footballer – I think we all agree on that. He had a very exciting career already and still pretty young, so in the best age for a footballer or coming into the best age for a footballer.
“He gives rhythm, he can give rhythm, he’s a really good passer, has speed with the ball, safe on the ball and, how I said, can demand rhythm, which is pretty important, really good in tight areas – all these kind of things. I like it a lot.
“And now, of course, it’s like this, ‘Why can you loan a player like this? Because it didn’t work out 100 per cent at Juventus.’ But I see that rather as a positive because the potential is, for sure, still there. We play obviously different to Juve and we all thought that could fit pretty well, so that’s why I’m really pleased.”
Arthur was an unused substitute in a 0-0 draw at Everton just days later. Klopp said then: “Arthur is here and very good and very important for us but he didn’t play football for a long, long time and yesterday played a rondo with us.
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“We thought actually until last night that he would not be available, he was in the squad but it was not the plan to bring him on.” The South American made his debut when coming off the bench as Liverpool lost 4-1 to Napoli in the Champions League.
Klopp continued: “Arthur needs now just football – and training, especially, that’s how it is. He wasn’t in team training for a while at Juve, so he needs proper team training – and that’s what we are doing with him.
“Can he play minutes? Yes. Should he play a full game? No, because he needs to get used to the intensity in each competition. It’s not like in the Champions League you have to work less than in the Premier League.
“Not at all, especially not here. He is doing well, he is really giving his absolute all in training, we have to be careful with him as well and then we will see whether we can use him.” Liverpool will hope Arthur is ready for more minutes when they return to action at home to Brighton on October 1.