Reds sign midfielder Arthur Melo on season-long loan from Juventus

Melo started at Gremio before joining Barcelona and then Juventus

Liverpool have loaned Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Brazil international made 31 appearances for Juventus last season but hasn’t featured in this campaign.

“I’m really happy to be here with this great shirt with this famous badge that means so much in world football. It’s a dream,” Arthur said.

He arrives at Anfield to help alleviate Liverpool’s current injury problems in midfield.

“I’m really happy and very motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving it my all in a Liverpool shirt,” added Arthur.

Capped 22 times by Brazil, Arthur won the Copa America in 2019 alongside current Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker and striker Roberto Firmino.

Like another fellow Fabinho, he is seen as a player capable of taking on a deeper midfield role that won’t restrict the paths of youngsters Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho and Curtis Jones.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was released in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United with a hamstring problem.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has said the 32-year-old “certainly won’t be available” for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.

Henderson joins Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the list of injured Reds midfielders.

Arthur has his own injury worries, suffering two separate ankle issues this year.

Deal makes ‘perfect sense’ – analysis

Ian Kennedy, BBC Radio Merseyside

The idea that Liverpool would be interested in Arthur Melo seems perfectly logical. He’s Brazilian to start with – that always helps – and he’ll fit right in with the compatriots already in the Anfield dressing room.

But, more importantly, he has experience at the highest level, he is good on the ball, a good passer and looks like he could play different roles in the midfield area. Holding, playmaker, box to box, all that.

With Jordan Henderson the latest injury concern, a new midfielder may be needed although Jurgen Klopp says he has to be the RIGHT player.

Maybe Liverpool found him.

. Liverpool transfer news Reds sign midfielder midfielder Arthur Melo loan dune season Juventus

. Reds sign midfielder Arthur Melo seasonlong loan Juventus

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