By Paul Robinson

6th Nov, 2022 | 11:01am

Liverpool recruitment slammed by pundit after 'huge' Arthur Melo reveal

Paul Robinson has claimed Arthur Melo’s loan move has been “a huge failure” for Liverpool thus far.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the recruitment team “have not covered themselves in glory” with the signing of the 26-year-old.

Arthur has been sidelined since the end of September with a thigh problem that required surgery.

As quoted by the Daily Mail (29 October), Jurgen Klopp refused to put a timeframe on the Brazilian midfielder’s return as the injury is “really serious”.

Klopp added that the club will not cut short the player’s loan deal in January.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the transfer, Robinson said: “Liverpool’s recruitment team have not covered themselves in glory with that one.

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“Listen, you cannot always predict injuries but Arthur’s record is not great.

“Arthur is a top player but I do not think he is going to get the opportunity to prove that at Liverpool. He is facing an uphill battle to get fit and make an impact before the end of the season.

“It looks like a last-minute signing right now. You would have to say it has been a huge failure thus far.”

Arthur has played just once for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, a cameo appearance from the bench against Napoli on 7 September.

He has also featured twice for the club’s under-21s.

In other news, Liverpool have been tipped to get a deal for Konrad Laimer ‘over the line’ after an update from Sky.