Arthur Melo has been left bemoaning an injury which wrecked his hopes of making a name for himself at Premier League giants Liverpool during that infamous loan spell from Juventus.
In hindsight, you didn’t need a crystal ball to see this one coming.
Arthur Melo arrived at Liverpool on the final day of the 2022 summer transfer window with a reputation for being more than a little injury-prone, and that tag will be even more difficult to shake off after a serious calf injury limited him to just 13 minutes of football under Jurgen Klopp.
In fact, the Brazil international featured more for Liverpool’s reserves than he did the first-team; Klopp unsurprisingly opting against triggering the £37 million option-to-buy clause in Arthur’s contract.
Injury ruined Arthur Melo’s Liverpool spell
“I was really excited about playing in a different league. Everything was going very well in a great team,” Arthur recalls, speaking to AS. “But I got an injury in training. It was hard. Mentally, very hard.”
The one-time Barcelona playmaker still looks back on his time on Merseyside with a degree of joy, however, the club’s famously feverish fanbase leaving quite the imprint on him.
“Liverpool surprised me a lot. The fans are incredible,” Arthur adds. “Inside the club, everything has Klopp’s face. (Liverpool is) a family.
“Klopp is a fantastic coach, and how he manages the team is impressive.”
The luckless 27-year-old is now at Fiorentina, joining on another short-term deal. With six appearances in all competitions for La Viola already, Arthur has – so far – stayed clear of the sort of niggling fitness issue which will forever consign him to a place alongside Kim Kallstrom and co in the pantheon of disastrous Premier League loanees.
Arthur played only once for Jurgen Klopp
“As my contract with Liverpool comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone for all their support over the last season,” a gracious yet frustrated Arthur wrote on social media after his Reds contract came to an end.
“I want you to know that I will have an eternal gratitude to the club. The fans are undoubtedly one of the most incredible around the world. The emotion of a game at Anfield is really impressive.
“Finally, I would like to thank the entire community of Liverpool and the region for welcoming my family over the last few months. I will always have beautiful memories of the days I lived here. Good luck for the future!”
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