Liverpool bolstered the club in the midfield shortly before the transfer window closed on September 1st. The Reds added Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo to the roster coming to Anfield on loan from Italian power Juventus. Melo only scored 1 goal in 63 appearances since 2020, but he is looking forward to taking the pitch for Liverpool.
“I'm really, really happy to be here wearing this great shirt with this famous badge that represents so much in world football,” Melo said. “it's a dream.”
Melo adds that he can bring a lot to the club and feels he is a perfect fit for Jürgen Klopp's side.
“We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions were a good fit so I'm sure it was the right choice,” Melo said. “I'm really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving my all in a Liverpool shirt.”
Klopp is equally excited to have Melo on the roster for the rest of the campaign.
“He had a very exciting career already and still pretty young, so in the best age for a footballer or coming into the best age for a footballer,” Klopp said. “We play obviously different to Juventus and we all thought that could fit pretty well, so that's why I'm really pleased."
Before joining the Reds, Melo began his pro career with Brazillian club Gremio in 2017, moving to Barcelona in 2018 and Juventus in 2020. Mello has also earned multiple caps for the storied Brazilian National team during his career.
Unfortunately, Melo was not be on the pitch Saturday when Liverpool faced Everton for the Merrysidy derby as he awaits International clearance, but he might be available when Liverpool opens Champions League play on September 7th vs. Napoli.
LFC Globe Verdict
Media pundits were wondering if the Reds would make a big move before the close of the transfer window and they certainly did. Melo's struggles with Juventus are well documented, but he has a skill set that should blossom in Liverpool's system. Plus Klopp also has a knack to get the best out of players who may have struggled with other clubs. As both Melo and the boss said, this is the perfect fit.