Liverpool midfielder Arthur has been skipping days off in a bid to get himself fit to play for his new team.
That’s according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. Writing on Twitter, Balague addressed the rumours that Liverpool are considering terminating the player’s loan spell early.
“Liverpool have not decided to extend the loan or buy Arthur but have no intention to send him back in January. They are still assessing him,” wrote the journalist.
“In fact, the coaching staff congratulated him on his understanding of the system and his quality. He decided to ignore days off to keep working, as he knows he still has got to catch up with demands. 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 giving it everything to get fit
It’s encouraging to hear that Arthur is doing well in training for Liverpool. Since his deadline day arrival, we haven’t seen too much of the Brazilian.
Aside from a 13-minute cameo in the dismal defeat to Napoli, he is yet to take to the pitch at all.
That isn’t entirely unexpected, as the 26-year-old has barely played at all since April. He wasn’t included as part of Juventus’ pre-season plans and as a result will be lacking in sharpness.
Liverpool taking a proper look at Arthur
Having snuck in a well-priced buy option into his loan deal, Liverpool will be hoping to get a proper look at Arthur. It’s important that for them to do that, he’s as close to full fitness as possible.
If they then decide that he isn’t the right fit, then fair enough. But they should give him the season to do that. Having made the plunge of getting him on-loan, it benefits everyone to give him the best chance possible to make an impression.
With over two weeks until Liverpool play next, Arthur has been gifted some time to keep building his fitness. It’s imperative that, with others away on national team duty, he makes the most of the time at the AXA Training Centre.
Should he do that, it hopefully won’t be too long until he’s a real option for Jurgen Klopp. Although he was brought in as something akin to emergency cover, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Liverpool needed an extra body.
Even with every midfielder at the club back fit, he could still get game time. Whether or not he does is largely now up to him. Thankfully, his attitude to doing that looks to be on point. Show them what you can do, Arthur.