Arthur Melo says his Liverpool injury came at the worst possible time – when he was ready to properly make an impact for Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds brought in the Brazilian midfielder on loan from Juventus on deadline day in the summer transfer window. Klopp had insisted that he did not want a new midfield signing but eventually changed his mind.
Although, the signing of Arthur has not worked out as planned for any party.
Not only did he take time to get up to speed by playing for the Under-21s, he then suffered a muscle injury. And the thigh problem will keep him out for up to four months.
That means it will likely be early 2023 before he takes to the pitch in any capacity again.
Writing on Instagram, Arthur rued his cruel injury luck as coming at a time when he sensed Klopp was ready to let him play.
“Last week was not the best for me… Sadly, as you know, an unfortunate injury to my left thigh will keep me out of action for a while,” Arthur wrote.
“It comes just at time when, after huge effort and lots of hard work, I was ready to establish myself in my new team and determined to fight for my dream of playing at the World Cup.”
Arthur Melo determined to come back stronger
Arthur added that his dream of making Brazil’s World Cup squad has also been dashed.
However, the 26-year-old has insisted that he will look to come back stronger from his latest setback.
“It is now time for me to keep my head up and join forces with my family and do everything I need to with my team to make sure I come back stronger as soon as possible,” Arthur said.
“No obstacle will prevent me from progressing in my career and I have great ambition to show what I can do on the pitch.
“In the meantime, I will continue to support my Liverpool teammates and my beloved Brazil national team. Thanks for all the messages of support!”
Liverpool man not fit and firing
So far, the signing of Arthur by Liverpool has been nothing short of a disaster that has only exacerbated the problems in the club’s midfield.
He was clearly not ready for first-team action and so that was the first issue. Although, the fact Klopp confirmed that other targets rejected Liverpool showed how far down the pecking order he was.
Arthur also has a history for injuries and that has come to the fore for him at his latest club.
Had everything gone to plan, he could have been a top-rated midfielder as he enters his prime years.
However, the fact that he has played at both Barcelona and Juventus without really making his mark says something.
It remains to be seen what sort of impact Arthur can have on Liverpool going forwards, but that the Reds will not take up their option to buy him from Juve looks more certain.