Liverpool will keep Arthur Melo for the rest of the season, according to reports. The Brazilian is on loan from Juventus.
Arthur arrived at Anfield on loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day. He was a surprise signing, with zero links to him beforehand but we found real optimism in the deal.
However, it was always going to take Arthur time to get up to speed. He used the first international break to do just that – but then injured himself once club football returned.
Arthur has only played 13 minutes under Jurgen Klopp and isn’t expected back until the end of January at the earliest. Liverpool intend to stick with the Brazilian once he’s back, though. He’ll see out the season, but Gazzetta believe it’s ‘unthinkable’ that they trigger their option to buy.
That option to buy, per Juventus’s records, is £32m. It would take a pretty spectacular finale to the season for Liverpool to even think about it.
Liverpool to keep Arthur this season
There was always a chance that Liverpool would cut things short. We expect the club to invest in their midfield this summer, for one thing, which would make it incredibly difficult for Arthur to get into the side. Especially when he’ll need weeks to regain his fitness.
The fact that Arthur will miss the early stages of the FA Cup makes it very possible that he never actually plays for Liverpool again. We saw last season how Klopp stuck with the same group of players towards the end of the campaign, rarely bringing in anyone new. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott felt the brunt of that.
Arthur has been a disaster of a deal and even if he does stay past January, it’s hard to see it ever looking any better.