Jurgen Klopp FINALLY gets some good news in midfield with Arthur Melo overcoming ‘HUGE’ hurdle in getting up to speed with the Premier League to be ‘at the coach’s disposal’, insists Brazilian’s agent
- Jurgan Klopp has been given a promising fitness update on loanee Arthur Melo
- The Brazilian’s agent claims the midfielder is ‘recovered’ and ready to play
- He said Melo had struggled to acclimatise to the Premier League’s physicality
- Liverpool have been struck with a midfield injury crisis at the start of the season
Jurgen Klopp has been given a promising update on the fitness of loanee Arthur Melo who could be the solution to Liverpool’s injury crisis in midfield, according to reports.
The 26-year-old joined the club from Juventus on a season long loan on the final day of the summer transfer window but has failed to impress the Reds’ boss having made just two appearances since his arrival.
Having missed the majority of pre-season, the Brazilian’s fitness has been a concern for Klopp, but the former Barcelona star has been working hard behind the scenes to get up to the standards required to take on the rigours of English football.
Arthur Melo (pictured) has struggled with his fitness playing twice for Liverpool this season
Jurgen Klopp (pictured) may be able to pick Arthur after his agent gave positive fitness update
And it appears he may be ready to get more regular game time for the Merseyside club, with his agent announcing that the midfielder is ready to become a more regular face in the Liverpool midfield, according to CalcioMercato.
Speaking to the Italian news outlet, his agent Federico Pastorello said: ‘Arthur played very little last year, then had an operation, planned, in June, thus missing part of the pre-season.
‘He wasn’t in [Juventus manager Massimiliano] Allegri’s plans, so he didn’t train with the rest of the team, so it’s normal that arriving at the last day in this condition, from his point of view he needed extra work.’
The midfielder is no stranger to playing on the big stage though, having arrived at Barcelona in 2018 from Brazilian side Gremio for £35m, before departing to Juventus for £68m in 2020.
Injury set backs have prevented him from impressing in the Premier League, with Arthur undergoing an operation earlier this summer to fix a bone calcification in his right leg.
Arthur has played just twice for the Reds this season due to concerns over his current fitness
The 26-year-old (left) came on to feature in Liverpool’s 4-1 Champions League loss to Napoli
Arthur has also struggled to acclimatise to the demands of the English top flight, and it was rumored he could have his contract terminated in January, with Liverpool dissatisfied with his current level.
But according to his agent, he is now ready and rearing to play for the Liverpool first team.
‘Moreover, the difference between England and Italy in this aspect is huge, so there was this need to make up for the physical gap with his teammates,’ Pastorello continued.
‘Now, he has recovered and is at the coach’s disposal. I have no doubt that he will do very well in a Liverpool shirt.’
Arthur’s absence on the pitch has caused the wrong kind of selection headaches for Klopp, who has struggled with a string of injuries to key players this season leaving him with slim pickings in midfield.
Jordan Henderson (right) returned to action for England on Monday following an injury
Liverpool are rumoured to be in the hunt to sign midfielder Jude Bellingham (pictured)
Captain Jordan Henderson has missed large parts of the campaign with a hamstring injury, but returned to feature in England’s draw against Germany on Monday night.
Naby Keita has also been sidelined for the start of the season with a hamstring injury, but is set to return later this October.
The Reds’ are also without Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Fabio Carvalho in midfield and with Arthur now fit, the Brazilian, who has been capped 22 times for his country, could be the solution to Klopp’s midfield hedache.
Although, Liverpool are still looking to bring in more fresh faces to their midfield over the next year, with the club reportedly in the driving seat to sign emerging young star Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.