Arthur Melo will be ‘helped massively’ by three Liverpool teammates, says Fabio Aurelio. It’s a luxury the former left-back didn’t have.
Liverpool surprised everyone with their late addition at the transfer deadline. It had been widely reported that they’d chase a last-minute midfielder but Arthur Melo wasn’t a name that came up.
Now’s he on Merseyside, though, and will hopefully play a decent role this season. Liverpool even included a permanent buy-opinion of around £32m – if he impresses enough to trigger it.
First, he’s got to get up to speed. Arthur didn’t have a pre-season, after all, and Liverpool are notoriously tricky to adapt to.
Fortunately, he has help. Former Liverpool full-back Fabio Aurelio explained in a column for Liverpoolfc.com this week that having other Brazilian players around will make things much easier for Arthur. It’s a luxury that Aurelio didn’t have as the Reds’ first Brazilian player.
“His adaptation can be helped massively by the many Brazilians and Portuguese speakers in the squad,” says Aurelio.
“I was obviously Liverpool’s first Brazilian player when I joined in 2006 and didn’t speak any English. The Scouse accent was also a bit different to the one in our English lessons!
“Your teammates are so important to the settling-in process, and Arthur can count on some great ones.”
Arthur to be helped by Liverpool teammates
Arthur already has Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino in the squad. He’ll have a connection there – if only by their speaking Portuguese. Fabio Carvalho is another who can help in that regard and we imagine Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez have a solid grasp after playing in Portugal. Even Thiago, whose father is Brazilian, should be help.
That will all go far. Arthur has a massive task in front of him, trying to break into one of the world’s best teams. A team with a defined style of play, too, that will cast you out if you’re not up to scratch.
We do think Arthur has what it takes, though. His data is incredibly promising, while Liverpool’s staff reportedly see him as similar to Thiago in style. Hopefully, a mix of that ability with the right teammates can get Arthur up to speed quickly.
Because Liverpool might make difficult decision in the January transfer window. That does put Arthur up against the clock in a fight for his Anfield future.