little used, Arthur decides to go play with the reserve

Arriving in Liverpool on loan at the very end of the transfer window, Arthur Melo, little used and lacking in rhythm, decided to train and play with the reserve team during the international break.

Since he settled in Liverpool at the end of the transfer window, it is an understatement to say that Arthur has been little used by Jürgen Klopp. The Brazilian only played 13 short minutes against Napoli in the Champions League, in an already folded end to the game where the Reds were led 4-1. The rest of the time he remained on the bench – twice, as Liverpool saw their last two games against Wolverhampton and Chelsea postponed.

But Arthur decided to take matters into his own hands. As the internationals joined their selections, he was asked to train and play with the U21 reserve team. He played the entire game against Leicester last weekend, before playing an hour in the Cup on Tuesday night. « It shows his level of professionalism. He wants to be fit, he doesn’t need a week off, it comes from him, » said U21 coach Barry Lewtas.

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A way to pick up the pace and respond to the criticisms made since his arrival at Liverpool, on loan from Juventus against a check for around 4.5 million euros – with an option to buy around 36 million euros . A few days ago, the Italian press argued that the Brazilian had not convinced Jürgen Klopp and that the Reds were even considering sending the player back to Italy this winter. Information contradicted in the weekend.

Regularly used last season at Juventus, where he played 20 Serie A games including 11 as a starter, he is however destined to have a different role this season at Liverpool. Coming to compensate for the many injuries in the middle (Keita, Elliott, Oxlade-Chamberlain), he is nevertheless barred by Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Hendersen and James Milner, who have all played more than him at the start of the season.

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