Liverpool’s signing for £16million on deadline day has reportedly stepped up his efforts to get fully fit and fire to secure his future at Liverpool.
The Reds made a move on deadline day to secure the loan deal of Arthur Melo from Juventus – a player who is vastly experienced for club and country.
His loan move caused quite a stir but mainly shifted the focus to the club’s reluctance to seek out players on the market who could help improve their midfield.
The jury is still out on Arthur but he has been working hard behind the scenes to improve his fitness to prove to Jurgen Klopp, the team, the fans and even himself that he belongs at this level.
Arthur’s commitment to Liverpool revealed
Corresponding Paul Joyce in the TimesArthur has taken extensive measures to ensure he becomes fully fit and available to play for Klopp’s side.
Arthur Melo has recruited a physio, fitness trainer and nutritionist to work with him on a daily basis to impress Klopp and jumpstart his career.
Arthur, 26, left on Saturday after a 90-minute run for Liverpool’s U21s against Leicester City an hour after Tuesday’s 1-0 Papa Johns Trophy loss to Rochdale.
Sessions are planned in conjunction with Liverpool’s medical staff and the player is fully committed to the cause.
Liverpool rejected suggestions circulating in Italy last week that the club wanted to send the player back to Juventus and Klopp acknowledges Arthur’s efforts to impress – hoping he can find his way into the Liverpool first-team.
Arthur’s final seasons
His past experience will serve him well here, still only 26, but the lack of consistent playing time and the frequency of injuries will worry the club.
As he is only here on loan the club must share the same reservations and yet he has only played 13 minutes of football for this club.
His past at Barcelona and Juventus, as well as with Brazil national team, underscores his qualities but he needs to prove himself as he has not made more than 22 appearances in a league season since 2018/19.
Of course there is skill there but once he is fully fit it is up to him to perform otherwise he will lack playing time as Liverpool’s midfield losses begin to recover.