Liverpool handed 'big boost' after Arthur Melo development - pundit
Paul Robinson has claimed Arthur Melo has “sent a message” to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after completing 90 minutes for the club’s under-23s.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said “it is a big boost” for the 26-year-old in his quest to prove his fitness.
The Reds signed Arthur on a season-long loan deal on deadline day (1 September).
However, the centre-midfielder has only featured as a substitute for Jurgen Klopp’s side despite injuries to Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent weeks.
Arthur got 90 minutes under his belt for Liverpool’s under-23s against Leicester City on Sunday (18 September).
According to the Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones (17 September), the Brazil international asked to play in the Premier League 2 fixture to improve his fitness.
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When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the development, Robinson said: “It shows that he can play a full game, which is a tick in the box.
“His game time for the first team has been very limited.
“It will be interesting to see where the manager sees him fitting in over the next 9 months. They have had injury problems and players out of form but even then Arthur has not been given a real opportunity.
“It is a big boost for the player to get through 90 minutes. It sends out a good message.
“He has to just wait for his opportunity and when it comes he needs to take it.”