Expert: Arthur Melo 'really struggling' amid behind-the-scenes Liverpool development
It is no surprise to see Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo struggle to reach Jurgen Klopp’s high standards following his move from Juventus.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Arthur, 26, completed a season-long loan move to Anfield on deadline day.
But the Brazilian midfielder has made just one appearance for Klopp’s side so far, a 13-minute substitute appearance in the 4-1 humbling against Napoli earlier this month (7 September).
The manager was recently forced to deny rumours that Liverpool were considering cutting his loan deal short because of fitness issues.
The Daily Mail reported last Saturday (17 September) that Arthur is now undergoing a rigorous training programme to get up to speed.
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It is understood that he has volunteered to play for the Reds’ Under-21 side and is doing double sessions in a bid to reach peak fitness.
Dinnery claims that it was always expected that Arthur would initially struggle on Merseyside.
“Context is always key,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Players can move between clubs and really struggle. Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Southampton is a recent example. Ralph Hasenhuttl has said that he isn’t ready to deliver his game plan yet. It’s the same with Arthur.
“There is a required level of fitness and you also need to deliver a game plan. If he hasn’t been used to that level at Barcelona or Juventus, it’s going to be difficult to do it straight aware.
“There is always going to be a period of transition, particularly with foreign players coming to the Premier League.”