Liverpool have completed the loan signing of Arthur Melo from Juventus with an option to buy the midfielder for £32m. Jurgen Klopp is currently facing an injury crisis in midfield as Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all currently sidelined through injury. Juventus confirmed in a statement that they will receive £3.9m as a loan fee for the Brazilian.
“We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions were a good fit so I’m sure it was the right choice,” Arthur Melo said after completing his move to Liverpool. “I’m really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving my all in a Liverpool shirt.”
“I don’t think Arthur is the answer to what Liverpool will need in the next three or four years; they need a younger, more energetic kind of player. But I think Arthur is in just to fill a space, that is why Liverpool have bought him late and on loan,” Jamie Carragher said. “It smacks a little bit of what Liverpool did 18 months ago when they had lots of centre-backs injured and they didn’t buy anyone but brought in players on loan to have a look at them. Liverpool didn’t buy those players and went on to sign Ibrahima Konate in the summer. The actual midfield player they want is not available right now, so I think bringing someone in on loan is sensible.”
You can look at the funds other clubs have spent, and at times that does frustrate Liverpool supporters,” he added. “All fans are the same, we all get excited by a transfer, but there is no point signing players you don’t need. Liverpool needed a striker and spent big on a striker. Liverpool needed a midfield player but the player they wanted was not available.”
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