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Arthur Melo talks up exciting ‘ideas’ for Liverpool as Klopp gets midfield signing over the line

Arthur Melo, Brazil, July 2019

Liverpool have announced the arrival of Arthur Melo on a loan deal, with the Juventus midfielder labelling it a “dream” to move to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have made the signing – which does not include an option to buy – following a late scramble to sign reinforcements in the engine room. Injuries have meant Liverpool have been without four key midfielders at the start of the season.

Klopp had insisted that he felt content with what he had – until he made a U-turn last weekend.

Despite that, he insisted that he didn’t think Liverpool would get a reinforcement in before the deadline.

Nevertheless, after their 2-1 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, club chiefs worked tirelessly to get a move for Arthur going. And the Brazilian had a medical on Thursday before signing his loan move.

Arthur, a 22-time Brazil international said: “I’m really, really happy to be here wearing this great shirt with this famous badge that represents so much in world football, it’s a dream.

“We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions were a good fit so I’m sure it was the right choice.

“I’m really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving my all in a Liverpool shirt.”

“Liverpool have a wonderful history in football. I’ve played against Liverpool, I know what it feels like to be in the stadium with the fans behind them,” Arthur added in his first Reds interview.

“I was with the opposition and now I’m on the right side so I’m really excited. It’s a massive club with a great manager, great players. As I said before, it’s a dream to be here.”

Liverpool look for more fruitful repeat with Arthur

Liverpool’s late scramble for a midfield signing mirrors their chase for centre-backs in the January 2021 transfer window.

That time, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies signed. However, Davies did not make a single appearance before leaving for Rangers, while Kabak’s injury woes meant he did not play much.

Liverpool will want to avoid a repeat of the latter with Arthur in their midfield.

The 26-year-old can play all across the midfield, in defensive, central and attacking roles. But following a bit-part role in 2021/22 with Juventus, he did not make their squad at all this season.

Crucially, though, he has 26 Champions League appearances to his name and could be a solid extra body in that regard.

It remains unclear how much Arthur will affect Liverpool’s Premier League plans and the move certainly feels like a stop-gap until a more decisive and well-planned arrival in the engine room next summer.

Nevertheless, fans can be happy that Klopp has acted to bring in experience to help his side this season.