Arthur Melo
Arthur Melo

Liverpool were in deep troubles this summer after they lost four of their first-team midfielders to long term injuries. Thiago, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all were sidelined pertaining to injuries as Jurgen Klopp only had Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Harvey Elliot to choose from. The Reds were first reluctant of buying a new midfielder, but then hastily signed Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus.

However, the 26-year-old boasts a disappointing record of sustaining recurring injuries, and is even yet to play a minute in the physically demanding Premier League. Arthur has only featured in the Champions League for the Reds, a 13-miute cameo against Napoli in the 4-1 drubbing. The midfielder now has a hired a whole new personal fitness team consisting of a fitness coach, a nutritionist and a physiotherapist to tackle his injury issues.

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In a bid to earn regular minutes at Anfield, Liverpool’s Arthur Melo has hired personal fitness team to overcome his injury issues. Credits: Twitter

Arthur Melo determined to prove his mettle to Jurgen Klopp who is unsure about the midfielder

Arthur Melo’s move comes after his new boss had suggested that he is not yet ready to feature regularly in the Premier League. The English top flight is rather known for its rash and dominant physical game, where outside players have often found it difficult to settle in. Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe are a classic example of the same, who left the country after failing to adapt to the game.

Arthur however seems to be desperate to make his mark with the Reds, as he looks to get back to full fitness in order to rack up regular minutes. His injury history predominates his spells at Juventus and Barcelona, as the Brazilian was forced to sit out 47 games owning to multiple knocks. He has apparently failed to attain his full potential, and struggled to garner maximum game-time at any of his last two clubs.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp too expressed his concerns with the injury-prone midfielder, right after his arrival at the club. The German seemed to be slightly unhappy with the club bringing Arthur Melo, when he rather wanted a settled midfielder from the English top flight, or even the Championship. Talking about Arthur’s induction int0 the starting line-up, Klopp had said:

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already stated that Arthur Melo is not yet ready to play full 90 minutes in the Premier League. Credits: Twitter

“Arthur needs now just football – and training, especially, that’s how it is. He wasn’t in team training for a while at Juventus, so he needs proper team training – and that’s what we are doing with him. Can he play minutes? Yes. Should he play a full game? No, because he needs to get used to the intensity in each competition.

“It’s not like in the Champions League you have to work less than in the Premier League. Not at all, especially not here. He is doing well, he is really giving his absolute all in training, we have to be careful with him as well and then we will see whether we can use him.”

Arthur Melo now wants to prove his mettle to Klopp, and has been working out on his fitness with his new team. The hired fitness team is now tasked with giving personal assistance to him in a bid to raise his levels to match with the Premier League’s demands. He has also taken the opportunity of not being called up by Brazil during this international break to train with the Liverpool under-21s. Arthur also feature for them in the Premier League 2 as coach Barry Lewtas labelling the midfielder’s performances “first-class”.