Liverpool have endured somewhat of an injury crisis in midfield already this season and the signing of Arthur Melo on Deadline Day was made to bolster the centre of the pitch, but now Jurgen Klopp may have changed his mind on the player.
What’s the latest?
According to Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web, Liverpool could cut short their season-long loan deal with Arthur if they make a midfielder signing in January.
As per the report, Klopp is not particularly keen on what he has seen from the Brazilian so far and the club will keep their eye out for a potential permanent signing they can snap up in the winter transfer window so that they can send Arthur back to Juventus.
It would be a big risk
Considering the position that Liverpool have found themselves since the start of the season, it would be a big risk to let go of any midfield reinforcements even if the club do manage to secure a permanent signing to add to the depth in January.
The Reds’ midfield options are some of the most injury-prone players in the team with Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara all sustaining injuries of the last few weeks and months, which would suggest that they need more than just one midfielder to cover the three key roles in the centre of the pitch.
Not only that Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are all in the last 12 months of their contracts and at present, there are no indication that the three players will remain a part of the squad at Anfield beyond next summer.
As a result, signing just one midfielder in January may not be enough to strengthen the side especially if Liverpool are still in all European and domestic competitions in the new year, so letting go of Arthur – whether he is in Klopp’s plans or not – could be a big mistake.
Should Klopp keep Arthur for the season?
The £125k-per-week ace has only been featured for 13 minutes so far since joining the Merseyside giants with his arrival coinciding with the return of Thiago, who earlier this month recently recovered from a hamstring injury.
It will be interesting to see if Arthur will get opportunities over the next few months before the transfer window reopens again.