Liverpool U21’s manager Barry Lewtas has shared what he noticed about Arthur Melo when he played for his youth side on Saturday.
Speaking with the Liverpool Echo after the Reds’ 7-1 win over Leicester City U21’s, the Reds coach was full of praise for the 26-year-old’s attitude and hard-work in his attempt of getting back to full fitness.
“It’s brilliant, really. We knew yesterday he was going to play,” Lewtas said. “Look at Arthur, he’s had a fantastic career, played at some top clubs and played with some top players and at the minute is just finding his way back from injury.
“If we can help, I think it’s a compliment to the way we play that we can give some senior players an opportunity, as well as some of the younger ones.
“He really adds something to us because he’s got a lot of quality and you could see today when we were playing through Leicester, Arthur played a big part in that.
“It’s great for our lads to see someone of that level working his way back to fitness and is willing to come down and play. I think it shows unbelievable humility. It shows someone who is desperate to get back fit, get playing and find rhythm because he wants to try and play. I think it reveals an awful lot of character.”
Lewtas full of praise for Arthur
Since arriving at Anfield, Arthur’s career has not gone as he would have planned.
Having sustained a serious thigh injury, the Brazilian has been intent on getting back to full fitness as soon as possible.
Putting in an incredible effort behind the scenes, the 26-year-old has shown how committed he is to making a difference for Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.
This is exemplified by voluntarily dropping down to the U21’s to help build his match sharpness back up.
As Lewtas said, this demonstrates the midfielder’s character – as he is taking every avenue he can to bounce back from his setback.
Having played the full 90 minutes against Leicester U21’s on Saturday, hopefully we’ll see Arthur return to the bench for the senior side soon, as he really deserves it for all of his efforts.