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‘You’re going to see’ – Arthur Melo given thrilling seal of Liverpool approval with Alisson Becker claims

Alisson Becker, Liverpool training, September 2022

Alisson Becker has backed his fellow Brazilian Arthur Melo to flourish at Liverpool after sealing his deadline-day move to Anfield.

The Juventus midfielder has moved to Liverpool on loan until the end of the season. The Reds have an option to buy Arthur for £32million if they wish after his involvement.

Liverpool’s midfield has been heavily in the spotlight this season amid injuries and young players stepping up.

In the absences of Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott has stepped up impressively.

Jones and Thiago are close to returning, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp changed his transfer plans late on this summer to bring in Arthur as an extra reinforcement.

Pundits such as Jamie Carragher have voiced their doubts about the 26-year-old former Barcelona man. However, his fellow Brazilian Alisson is confident Arthur can be a solid addition.

“It [the transfer] happened so quick that I only spoke with him on the day he was coming. After that at the training ground,” the goalkeeper said.

“He is an amazing guy, you’re going to see more about him when you see him on the pitch. I’m looking forward to him being fit and settle in as soon as possible.

“We know it’s not easy to change from one country to another, I did the same move as him from Italian football. I know there are some differences.

“But, in the end, the football is the same and with his quality and attitude and desire, he can overcome all these small problems. I really believe he can add quality to the team and he’s going to do well.”

Liverpool go to Napoli on Wednesday for their first Champions League group stage of the campaign. Alisson wants Liverpool to put in a convincing performance. But, that is something which has proved hard to come by this term for the Reds.

Despite a 9-0 win over Bournemouth, a defeat to Manchester United and draws with Crystal Palace, Fulham and Everton have been frustrating for the stopper.

Alisson ‘not happy’ with Liverpool form

“We are not happy after the match, we are football players who have to deal with defeat, with draws. We have to deal with everything,” Alisson said in his pre-match press conference.

“If we had the same situation and we won all the games, we would not be excited because the competition is long. The season has just begun and we have a lot to improve.

“We have to stay calm and just work to improve to get the clean sheets and wins back.”

Liverpool can rely on star goalkeeper

Alisson has proved his worth as a goalkeeper for Liverpool in the Champions League before.

In the 2018/19 campaign, he made that wonderful save against Napoli, no less, to deny Arkadiusz Milik and ensure Liverpool made it through to the knock-out stages.

And the Reds in fact went on to win the tournament that season.

In the Premier League, meanwhile, Alisson’s goal against West Brom in the 2020/21 season ensured Liverpool qualified for the Champions League.

As such, the Brazilian will be looking to prove himself once more in a Liverpool shirt this season in Europe’s premier competition.