Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo could return from injury ahead of schedule
The Gods have been kind to Liverpool in letting us know that loan-signing Arthur Melo could return from an injury layoff ahead of schedule as per Daily Mail. A thigh injury in training needed surgery, and Arthur had to unfortunately sit out.
The 26-year-old is at Merseyside on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, with the option of a permanent deal at £32m. The worrisome thing is the player has featured more times for the U21 squad (two) than the first team (one).
The player, before his move to Liverpool, missed out on a proper pre-season training camp at Juventus amid rumours of a fallout with manager Massimiliano Allegri. After completing the transfer, even for the Reds, he has only managed to play a total of 13 minutes in the top tier.
The World Cup break meant that he is not missing out on so much action he would have otherwise, but it is important for him to not force a return as quickly as possible as it might aggravate the injury situation.
Melo could be back with the squad sooner than expected
Liverpool did the complete opposite of a masterstroke signing when they got Arthur on board to tackle the issue of injuries. His level of skill and technicality is on another notch, but he is extremely injury-prone and it was a bit ironic that the Reds got him on board to solve the issue of Jordan Henderson’s injury in the last few weeks of August.
Having said that, he is an excellent addition in terms of what he brings to the team in terms of technique, ability and composure on the ball. Extremely similar to Thiago, even in the aspect of injury, one would hope that he puts on a loan spell to remember for ages after his return.
The former Barcelona midfielder could be introduced to some new faces as well if the Reds sign a new midfielder or two in the January transfer window to secure the long-term of the club. Jude Bellingham remains the Reds’ top target but nothing concrete has happened yet.
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One would hope for him to return to training as soon as possible, perform beyond expectations for the Reds, and possibly trigger his buyout clause in case he does well, and impresses the manager.