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Arthur Melo record set straight, with Liverpool ‘in fact’ wowed by new man after shock exit talk

Arthur Melo, September 2022

Liverpool are still monitoring the progress of Arthur Melo and have not made any quick conclusions about his Anfield tenure, one journalist says.

The Reds signed the Brazilian midfielder on loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day this summer. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had insisted he did not want a new midfielder, but soon made a U-turn.

And following a failed deal for at least one target – as revealed by Klopp – Liverpool turned to Arthur.

The 26-year-old has only played once for Liverpool so far, coming on for 13 minutes of the Champions League thrashing to Napoli.

And reports subsequently claimed that Liverpool are having worrying second thoughts about Arthur. Tuttomercatoweb added that the Reds could short the loan deal early.

However, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has dismissed those reports, setting the record straight on Liverpool’s stance. Indeed, the reporter claimed Reds chiefs feel excited by Arthur’s quick adaptation.

“Liverpool have not decided to extend the loan or buy Arthur but have no intention to send him back in January,” Balague claimed. “They are still assessing him.

“In fact the coaching staff congratulated him on his understanding of the system and his quality.”

Balague added that Arthur is putting in as much work as he can to become a key Liverpool midfield option as soon as possible.

Arthur Melo working hard for Liverpool

“He decided to ignore days off to keep working as he knows he still has got to catch up with demands,” Balague wrote on Twitter.

“He’s working on an individualised fitness plan to get him up to speed because he didn’t have a regular pre season.

“Pretty standard stuff considering the lack of match fitness.”

Arthur, a 22-cap Brazil international, started his career at Gremio before making a move to Barcelona in 2o18.

But he struggled to make his mark at Camp Nou and moved to Juventus in 2020.

It was a similar story for Arthur in Turin, though, with the Serie A side willing to let him leave for Liverpool. Massimiliano Allegri’s side re-signed Paul Pogba and brought in Leandro Paredes from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

New signing needs time and patience

There is no doubt about it, Liverpool would have wanted a better option than Arthur this summer.

While he still has potential as he nears his prime, the Reds clearly looked at more prominent targets.

The likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Matheus Nunes and Konrad Laimer were all suggested as other targets.

But the signing of Arthur is reminiscent of Liverpool’s January 2021 transfer deadline day. They signed Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies as emergency reinforcements amid a defensive injury crisis.

Liverpool will clearly hope Arthur can do more than the aforementioned duo. Still, it is not how they usually do business.

But, the Reds have an opportunity with Arthur to bring the best out in him, a task other big clubs have failed with.

If they do manage to bring out Arthur’s best, they could even activate the £32million option to buy in the loan deal. For now, though, the Brazilian needs time and patience before a verdict can really be passed on his chances.