Reports of the Brazil midfielder canceling his loan and returning to Juventus in January began to surface again and again, but were quickly shut down.
Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo could be given another chance to impress Jurgen Klopp if he is selected for the under-21 squad ahead of tonight’s EFL Trophy group stage clash with Rochdale.
The Brazilian arrived on the final day of his season-long loan from Juventus but played just 13 minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-1 Champions League Group A opener at Napoli on September 7.
Klopp was unimpressed with his new signing and reports quickly emerged that he was considering sending him back to Juventus in January, but Arthur has played for the U21s and could get a second chance to impress his manager tonight.
According to the Liverpool ECHO , Arthur could be one of three players in the starting line-up for the U21s tonight, with Fabio Carvalho and Nat Phillips also available as they look to improve their fitness and return to their best form. for the rest of the season.
The trio started for the U21s in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City in Premier League Two, with Arthur, Phillips and Carvalho set to be fit as Barry Leutas misses a number of young stars due to the international break. to emphasize once again.
Carvalho, 20, is available, but two players over the age of 21 could be included. However, 33-year-old Jay Spearing has returned to coach the U18s this summer, but it’s another opportunity for him to become a mature player who has signed up for the U21s.
Arthur could be left out if Spearing is selected, but it gives him another big chance to impress Klopp tonight, especially after the German was in talks to send him back to Juventus in January.
Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on deadline day as Arthur arrived on Merseyside as an emergency signing after early-season injuries, while Thiago himself is a recent arrival due to a long-term problem.
But injuries are also a concern for the Brazilian midfielder, who didn’t play much football for Juventus last season. Despite missing a total of 13 games due to injury, he played the full 90 minutes eight times without holding onto his usual starting spot.
The Daily Mail recently reported that he is undergoing a rigorous training program to fit into Arthur Klopp’s first-team plans, and that he has personally asked to play for the U21s and is retraining after missing pre-season.
As a result of his work ethic, Liverpool’s staff were so pleased with his requests that after a meeting earlier last week, Klopp and his coaches congratulated him and offered words of encouragement as he understood their demands better. system.
Arthur may not be able to keep up with the rest of the squad, but he is doing his best to let Klopp know he can rely on him throughout the season, and if his performances match his efforts on the training ground, then that is the hope. His future at the club remains bright.