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Arthur Melo of Juventus FC during the Serie A football match between Juventus FC and Cagliari Calcio, 21 December 2021.

Liverpool decided to pull the trigger on transfer deadline day and secure the signing of Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus.

There had been plenty of speculation throughout the summer that Liverpool were looking into a midfielder and, in the end, they landed on Arthur.

With injuries running rife in the Liverpool squad, there was no doubt they needed to act sooner rather than later.

Arthur has signed on a season-long loan deal, but what will he bring to this Liverpool side?

The first thing to understand about Arthur is what sort of player he is.

He came through the Gremio academy in Brazil and made his debut for the club as a teenager in 2015.

After making 70 appearances for Gremio and playing an integral role in their 2017 Copa Libertadores triumph, Barcelona agreed a deal worth around €40million for the Brazilian in 2018.

Arthur signed a six-year deal at Camp Nou and there was plenty of hype surrounding his transfer at the time.

Following Andres Iniesta’s departure from Barcelona in the previous season, it was hoped that the Brazilian could slot into his place, although their games differ quite significantly.

While Iniesta would break lines with his passes and dribble past defenders, Arthur’s game was more about distributing the ball and building momentum.

During Arthur’s first season at Barcelona, no midfielder had a higher pass completion rate than he did at 93.5%.

For the most part, Arthur keeps things simple on the ball and you could argue that’s exactly what Liverpool need right now.

Throughout his entire career, he has averaged a pass completion rate of 92.6%, which is higher than any of Liverpool’s current midfielders.

For context, Jordan Henderson averages 81.2% and James Milner comes in at 81.8% this season.

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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield, Liverpool. August 31st 2022.

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Arthur isn’t the type of player that’s going to get fans at Anfield out of their seats on a regular basis, but his role in the side shouldn’t be underestimated.

Following two years at Barcelona, Arthur was then involved in a controversial move to Juventus for a fee of €72 million, which involved Miralem Pjanic moving in the opposite direction.

After moving to Italy, the Brazilian midfielder struggled for consistency and a regular starting spot in the side.

Injuries certainly played their part in an up-and-down time at the Allianz Stadium and Liverpool will be wary of this.

During his first season with Juventus, he started just 13 league matches and was used as a substitute on nine occasions.

Across his second season, he played a similar number of games, starting 11 league matches and coming off the bench nine times.

Liverpool will be understandably cautious when it comes to his playing time given his recent injury record, but at this stage of his career, he needs to be playing more often than not.

Arthur will be more motivated than ever to hit the ground running at Liverpool as he will want to stake his claim for a spot in Brazil’s Word Cup squad this winter.

In total, he has made 22 appearances for his country, but 20 of those caps came in 2018 and 2019.

Since he moved to Juventus, he has been on the fringes of the squad and perhaps this is his chance to reclaim a place in the team.

There’s no doubt that there is a good player in Arthur Melo, it’s just a question of whether Jurgen Klopp can get him to show it.


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