Report: 26-year-old Liverpool player has been asking to play for the Reds U21 team this season
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Report: 26-year-old Liverpool player has been asking to play for the Reds U21 team this season

New Liverpool signing Arthur Melo has been asking to play in the U21s this season as he attempts to get match-fit.

That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim that the Brazilian is currently undergoing a ‘rigorous’ training regime at Liverpool.

As well as doing double sessions, Arthur has reportedly put himself forward for U21 duty. It’s claimed that the 26-year-old is ‘doubly determined’ to make a good impression at Liverpool.

Having not started a game since April, he isn’t ready just yet. However, Arthur is said to have ‘made up ground’ on his fitness in recent days. In fact, Liverpool coaches are claimed to have been so pleased with the midfielder’s efforts, that they congratulated him on his work last week.

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Arthur closing in on Liverpool breakthrough

There had been some claims that Liverpool were not impressed with what they’ve seen so far from Arthur. But according to this report, the opposite is actually true.

Given his situation, it’s important that Liverpool take their new player’s fitness into account. It’s currently impossible to judge him based against his usual standard.

As a result, time will be needed. With Thiago Alcantara coming back to fitness, and excelling, for Liverpool, perhaps the need to stick Arthur in the team has been reduced.

The Brazil international is reportedly seen as being a like-for-like swap for his Spanish counterpart. Thiago will need to managed of course, but with two weeks until Liverpool play again, hopefully Arthur will soon be up to speed to give him a rest.

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According to The Mail, Liverpool’s No. 29 will indeed be ‘in contention’ to play against Brighton on October 1st.

After a fortnight training at the AXA Training Ground, Arthur should be even further down the fitness road. If he can keep earning positive reviews from the coaches, it won’t be long until we see him playing meaningful minutes.

It appears that Liverpool have actually taken Arthur up on his request to play underage football for Liverpool. As per Ian Doyle on Twitter, he started for the U21s this evening. If it helps to get him up to speed for the first team, then we’re all for it.

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