Arthur Melo is flying to Liverpool as the club close in on a loan move for the Juventus midfielder.
The 26-year-old is expected to join the club on a straight season-long deal with no option or obligation to make it permanent.
Brazil international Arthur is due to travel to Merseyside at around midday and is expected to undergo a medical this afternoon. The transfer deadline is 11pm in England.
Despite previously saying Liverpool did not need reinforcements in midfield, manager Jurgen Klopp admitted last week that the Reds may need more options in the middle of the park.
He said: “It has to be the right player. Some players aren’t available, that’s right, but if we can do something and if we’re going to do something, then we’re 100 per cent convinced about it. If we’re not convinced, then we won’t We do. That’s the situation.
“If he is 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, and now we need a midfielder.
“You were right and I was wrong. This is the situation.
“But this particular point doesn’t change that. If we’re going to do something, then it has to be the right thing.”
Brazil international Arthur started his career with Gremio back home before moving to Barcelona in 2018. He scored four goals in 72 appearances for the La Liga club over two seasons.
Arthur joined Juventus in June 2020, initially signing a five-year contract. He has made 63 appearances for the Italian club in the last two seasons.
He was also part of Brazil’s 2019 Copa América winning team, assisting Gabriel Jesus’ late first-half goal as they beat Peru 3–1.
Liverpool’s midfield issues in focus: What’s the solution?
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Klopp’s midfield, and indeed the system itself, is heavily dependent on the pressure-resistant, experienced pass-master Thiago. There is no control without him, nor the ability to drive the ball as well or with as much variety.
“It’s an excellent plan – but for his availability, which was no secret when he signed from Bayern Munich. When Liverpool can’t pair Thiago and Fabinho, their attacking defence, concentration and transitions suffer. The midfield line acts as helpers for full backs and forwards – a source of steel, stability, cover.
“Naby Keita is another who is rarely available but offers rare progressive traits. Liverpool are trying to find a mix of what Thiago – Vitinia had the most similar profile but moved to Paris Saint-Germain – and their international Guinea provides ball retention and carries.
“If there were fewer bodies in midfield – a bloated nine – the club would hire two for the position.
“Ultimately, there needs to be an overhaul not only of the attributes required, expiring contracts and availability, but also the age profile of the squad, including James Milner (36), Jordan Henderson (32) and Thiago ( 31).
“Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho – aged 19 and 20 respectively – are hugely talented but cannot take on the responsibility of leading the forward in Liverpool’s midfield. Bellingham is different in that regard, given the sheer scale his experience.
“The recruitment department knows that the middle ground is missing: their specialty is signing players aged 21 to 26 – think Mane, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino – who are preparing to make the next step in their careers and form the core of a long career. -deadline approach.
“Having successfully revamped their forward line, midfield surgery must be a priority.
“It is obvious that all of Liverpool’s ills in the center of the park cannot be cured before deadline day and operating in the final days of a window never comes from a position of strength.
“However, a recruitment team that is rightfully regarded as one of the best in the business must surely have a solution to a number of foreseeable problems.”
Henderson will miss the Merseyside derby with a hamstring injury
Liverpool captain Henderson will undergo a scan on Thursday morning on the hamstring injury that forced him off 26 minutes into the second half of the win over Newcastle.
Klopp was unable to detail the full extent of the injury, but it is clear Henderson will now miss Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Liverpool are already missing Thiago, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from their midfield.
Thiago is closer to a return, although Saturday is likely to be too soon for him.
Fabio Carvalho grabbed a dramatic winner eight minutes after the substitution, completing the game in a midfield three alongside Fabinho and the excellent Elliott.
Klopp could also go for the experience of Milner against Everton, while Curtis Jones is fit and available after being named on the bench against Newcastle.
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