Jurgen Klopp opens up on Liverpool’s injured looanee Arthur Melo
Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp talks about the situation surrounding Arthur Melo
Liverpool player Arthur Melo, on loan from Juventus, has not had a good time with the Reds. The player, on the road to fitness for the match, suffered a serious injury and is out at least until the start of next year.
Such is his fate that under Massimiliano Allegri, he was also left out of Juve’s squad for the pre-season. Consequently, Arthur was not ready for the rigors of the Premier League. However, his commitment to fitness was something he received a lot of praise for.
Many questions arose whether Liverpool management would terminate Arthur Melo’s loan in January or not. Gaffer Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the situation and shed some light on the same. (via Fabrice Romano Twitter)
The former Barcelona midfielder did not feature for the Reds senior side after their 13-minute UEFA Champions League game against Napoli on September 8. He played for the U21 team for a while before the injury.
No joy for Melo in Merseyside
Arthur was in the matchday squad against Everton, Brighton & Hove Albion and the first leg against Ajax Amsterdam, but remained an unused substitute in all the games mentioned. With his latest injury situation, he will have to wait until 2023 to return to the pitch.
Further evaluation and waiting until January to make a decision on Arthur and his loan situation may prove to be a bigger gamble than buying Arthur ever was. The player was bought as a substitute, and to be fair, there is also no substantial replacement available at the club at the moment.
Therefore, buying a midfielder in the January transfer window should be Jurgen Klopp’s top priority, whether Arthur is back to peak fitness or not. Ideally, the Reds, just for the sake of it or the error of bringing Melo on board, as you may call him, should try him out for a game or a few when he returns and do the assessment later.
It was going out on a limb to buy an injury-prone player, albeit on loan, as a back-up for the starters. And that too, on the day of the deadline. So far, this case seems like a very bad decision on the part of management.
However, redemption still awaits the 26-year-old. If he can somehow prove his worth in the remaining six months of his contract after returning from injury, the Reds could potentially trigger the £32million clause to make the deal permanent.
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Right now, the Reds are clamoring for a midfielder to provide a backup and maybe even start games instead of the current batch of injury-prone players in the middle of the park. Only time will tell if Liverpool will make the wise decision to sign a midfielder in January or not.