Liverpool have announced the arrival of Arthur Melo on loan, with the Juventus midfielder calling it a “dream” of a move to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men made the signing – which does not include an option to buy – following a late scramble to sign reinforcements in the engine room. Injuries meant Liverpool were left without four key midfielders at the start of the season.
Klopp had insisted he felt content with what he had – until he turned around last weekend.
Despite this, he insisted he did not believe Liverpool would get a reinforcement before the deadline.
Nevertheless, following their 2-1 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, club chiefs worked tirelessly to move for Arthur goes. And the Brazilian passed a medical on Thursday before signing his loan.
Arthur, a 22-time Brazilian international, said: “I’m really, really happy to be here with this great shirt with this famous badge that means so much in world football, it’s a dream.
“We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions matched well, so I’m sure it was the right choice.
“I’m really happy and very motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving it my all in a Liverpool shirt.”
“Liverpool have a wonderful history in football. I played against Liverpool, I know what it’s like to be in the stadium with the fans behind them,” added Arthur. his first interview with the Reds.
“I was with the opposition and now I’m on the right side so I’m really excited. It’s a huge club with a great manager, great players. As I said before, it’s a dream of ‘be here.
Liverpool seek more fruitful rehearsal with Arthur
Liverpool’s late rush for a midfield signing reflects their hunt for centre-backs in the January 2021 transfer window.
This time, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies signed. However, Davies didn’t make a single appearance before leaving for Rangers, while Kabak’s injury problems meant he didn’t play much.
Liverpool will want to avoid a repeat of the latter with Arthur in their midfield.
The 26-year-old can play across the midfield, in defensive, central and attacking roles. But after a small role in 2021/22 with Juventus, he hasn’t made their squad at all this season.
Importantly though, he has 26 Champions League appearances to his name and could be a solid extra body in that regard.
It remains unclear to what extent Arthur will affect Liverpool’s plans in the Premier League and the move certainly looks like a stopgap until a more decisive and well-planned arrival in the engine room next summer.
Nonetheless, fans can be happy that Klopp moved to bring some experience to help his team this season.
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