Arthur Melo travels to Liverpool as the club is close to a loan move for the Juventus midfielder.
The 26-year-old is expected to join the club on an ongoing deal for a full season with no option or obligation to make him permanent.
Brazil international Arthur is due to arrive in Merseyside at lunchtime and is expected to undergo a medical this afternoon. The deadline for transfer is 11pm in England.
Despite saying previously that Liverpool do not need reinforcements in midfield, coach Jurgen Klopp admitted last week that the Reds may need other options in midfield.
He said, “He has to be the right player. Some players aren’t available, that’s the case, but if we can do something, and if we’re going to do something, we’re 100 percent convinced of it. If we don’t, we’re convinced, we won’t, that’s is the situation.
“If he’s the right player, we need him. If he’s not the right player, we don’t need him.
“I’m the one who said we don’t need a midfielder, now we need a midfielder.
“You were fine and I was wrong. That is the situation.
“But that specific point doesn’t change it. If we do something, it has to be the right thing.”
Brazilian international Arthur started his career with Gremio in his homeland, before joining Barcelona in 2018. He scored four goals in 72 games for the La Liga club over two seasons.
Arthur then joined Juventus in June 2020, initially signing a five-year contract. He played 63 matches for the Italian club during the past two seasons.
He was also part of Brazil’s Copa America winning squad in 2019, and assisted Gabriel Jesus’ goal at the end of the first half as they beat Peru 3-1.
Di Marzio: Liverpool loan agreement to Arthur agreed with Juventus
Sky in Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio speaks on Sky Sports News:
“The two clubs agreed to the loan last night, during the night, a long night. The player is now flying, and he is flying from Turin to Liverpool.
“There is no option to buy, but I think Arthur Melo can convince Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool that he can play there. It depends on him.
“He had some problems, maybe because he is not the right player for the way of playing or the style of play at Juventus. But I think at Liverpool he can do a very good job.
“The news is that he is traveling by plane and both clubs have agreed to the loan deal.”
Melissa Reddy, Sky Sports News Senior Correspondent:
“Klopp’s midfield, and of course the system itself, is very dependent on Thiago who is resistant to pressure, there is no control without him nor the ability to advance with the ball either or with a lot of variance.
“It’s an excellent plan – but for his presence, which was no secret when he was signed from Bayern Munich. When Liverpool can’t reconcile Thiago and Fabinho, their attacking protection, formation and transfers suffer. The backs and forwards – a source of steel, consistency and cover.
“Nabi Keita is another person who is rarely available but who contributes rare progressive qualities. Liverpool are trying to find a combination of what Thiago had – Vitina had the most similar image, but moved to PSG – and gives the Guinea international to keep the ball and hold.
“If there were fewer bodies in midfield – nine bloated – the club would recruit two for the job.
“Ultimately, the overhaul is required not only in terms of required attributes, expiration of contracts and availability, but also the age profile of the department including James Milner (36), Jordan Henderson (32) and Thiago (31).
“Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho – aged 19 and 20 respectively – are extremely talented but cannot take on the responsibility of leading Liverpool’s midfield forward. Bellingham differs in this regard due to his immense range of experience.
“The recruitment department understands that the midfield is missing: their specialty in signing players between the ages of 21 and 26 – I think Mane, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino – are ready to take a step in their careers and form the core of a long-term approach.
“After a successful update of their offensive line, midfield surgery should be a priority.
“It is clear that all the ills of Liverpool in the middle of the garden cannot be cured before deadline day and the work in the last days of the window never springs from a position of strength.
“However, a staffing team that is rightfully considered one of the best in the business should definitely have a solution to a series of foreseeable problems.”
Henderson misses Merseyside derby with hamstring injury
Liverpool captain Henderson will be examined Thursday morning for a hamstring injury that forced him out for 26 minutes in the second half of the win over Newcastle.
Klopp was unable to give details on the full extent of the injury, but it is clear that Henderson is now set to miss the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Liverpool are already missing Thiago, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from midfield.
Thiago is closest to returning, although Saturday will likely be too early for him.
Fabio Carvalho grabbed a dramatic goal after eight minutes of extra time, ending the match in a midfield hat-trick alongside excellent Fabinho and Elliott.
Klopp could also go to try Milner against Everton, while Curtis Jones is fit and ready after being picked up on the bench against Newcastle.
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