(VIDEO) Watch: Liverpool’s new signing Arthur Melo in action and what he will bring to Anfield
On the final day of the transfer window, Liverpool made the decision to make a move and sign Arthur Melo from Juventus on a temporary loan.
The fact that Liverpool was considering a midfielder all summer long had been widely rumoured; yet, they eventually chose Arthur.
There was no doubt that the Liverpool team needed to move quickly because of injuries to a number of their midfielders.
What would Arthur contribute to this Liverpool team as he joins on a season-long loan?
The first thing about Arthur to know is the type 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.
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 o
Given his previous history of injuries, Liverpool will undoubtedly be cautious when it comes to his playing time, but at this point in his career, he has to be on the field more often than not.
As he will want to push his claim for a spot in Brazil’s World Cup team this winter, Arthur will be more determined than ever to get started at Liverpool.
He has played 22 times for his nation overall, although 20 of those games came in 2018 and 2019.
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