Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo is closing in on a return to fitness after missing the last three months.
Arthur has played just 13 minutes of football since arriving on-loan from Juventus in September. Having worked hard to get himself up to speed, he then suffered a serious thigh injury a month later. This has led to suggestions that his loan move could be cut short.
But now, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, there’s ‘zero chance’ of Arthur leaving Liverpool this month. Romano went on to say that the Brazilian will be available for selection ‘in the next few weeks.’
“Been told there’s zero chance of Arthur leaving Liverpool this January. He’s working hard and ahead of schedule in his recovery,” wrote the journalist.
“Arthur will be available for Klopp in the next few weeks, confident to help for the second part of the season after unlucky injury.”
Hopefully Arthur returns in some kind of shape to help Liverpool. Having paid a decent little fee for his services this season, they’ll want to at least give him a chance to show his abilities.
Arthur ready for Liverpool redemption
Some Liverpool fans have perhaps forgotten that Arthur is still a part of the team at all. He has been near-invisible since his surprise arrival on deadline day.
That hasn’t all been his fault, though. After putting in work with the U21s early in the season, the former Barcelona man suffered a long-term injury in training.
Had he have stayed fit, he would almost certainly have been given some opportunities in the team. As it stands, his only minutes in a Liverpool shirt remain the end-of-game run out he got with the Reds 4-1 down at Napoli.
Hopefully that will now change in the second half of this season. Although there was a great deal of surprise at his arrival, Liverpool obviously saw something in Arthur. There remains the option for them to sign him permanently for around £32m next summer.
Right now, that must feel a long way away for the Brazil international. But if he can stay fit from now until the end of the season, perhaps he can still make a case for himself.
Either way, it’s good to hear that talk of a move to Palmeiras has been shut down. Arthur deserves the chance to make an impression in what time he has left at Anfield.