Liverpool seek to complete loan signing of Arthur Melo from Juventus in bid to resolve midfield crisis
Liverpool are looking to complete a deadline-day loan deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, GOAL can confirm.
- The Brazilian is due to undergo a medical on Thursday.
- The Reds have considered a host of other options this summer.
- Henderson’s injury has added to Jurgen Klopp’s woes.
WHAT IS HAPPENING? The Brazil international, 26, is set to undergo a medical with the Reds on Thursday as they seek to complete a deal before the transfer window closes. There will be no option for the move to be made permanent, OBJECTIVE understands, with the deal seen as a short-term solution to Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis.
THE BIGGEST PICTURE: The Reds are currently without Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury, with Jordan Henderson picking up a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. Having failed in their bid to sign Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig, Liverpool have turned their attention to Arthur, who is out of favor at Juventus despite making 31 appearances in all competitions last season.
AND WHAT’S MORE: Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was wrong to suggest in July that Liverpool did not need midfield reinforcements. With a Merseyside derby against Everton coming up this weekend, and a Champions League trip to Napoli afterwards, the Reds boss knows his side need all the help they can get at the moment.
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THE VERDICT: It’s far from the solution that many would have predicted for Liverpool when talking about midfield reinforcements this summer, but it’s at least a body and a player with a good top pedigree. Arthur is very much a stopgap signing, but comes with experience playing for big clubs in Barcelona and Juventus, as well as 22 caps for Brazil to his name. He should be helped by the presence of Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker in terms of set-up, and with plenty of games to come in the coming weeks, it shouldn’t be long before he sees him thrown to the bottom by Jürgen Klopp. Sink or swim? Only time will tell.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ARTHUR AND LIVERPOOL? The Reds travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday, and Arthur could be saved in time to feature in that game.
ARTHUR HEADING TO LIVERPOOL
Will Arthur prove to be the right midfielder for Liverpool?