£80k-a-week star ‘hasn’t worked out’ at Anfield – GiveMeSport

Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo’s stay at the club “hasn’t worked out” but could still be used as a “pocket” until the summer, according to journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

The 26-year-old arrived at Anfield after sealing a loan move from Juventus at the end of the transfer window, but has been ruled out through injury for the last 16 games.

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What’s the latest Melo-related news?

According to the Daily Mail , Jurgen Klopp commented on the severity of Melo’s injury, calling it “really serious”, but admitted he does not know the time frame for his potential return.

Despite this worrying update, the Liverpool manager insisted the loan will not be canceled early, saying in his press conference ahead of the home game against Leeds United that when he returns, there is an opportunity to be included in the team.

However, pundit Alan Hutton recently told Football Insider that he expects the Brazilian to leave the club in January, paving the way for the signing of further reinforcements.

What did Sheth say about Melo?

Sheth admits the move hasn’t worked so far, but believes Melo can be a player for the rest of the season, depending on whether he returns to full form.

In an interview with GIVEMESPORT, Sheth commented: “I just think Liverpool decided to bring in a short-term solution at the moment and that’s why they brought in Arthur Melo on loan. That hasn’t worked because he’s been injured the whole time has been there, indeed.

“I just wonder if, if he gets fit, it becomes part of the plans for the rest of the season, almost like a gap.”

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Is Melo good enough to succeed at Liverpool?

Due to injury problems, the central midfielder has received just 13 minutes of first-team game time for Liverpool since arriving in September, and has therefore had little opportunity to prove himself in a red shirt.

However, the 22-capped Brazil international showed some promising signs at former club Juventus that he could at least be a suitable back-up player for Klopp in some of his side’s less important games.

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Melo possesses particularly good passing ability, attempting to pick out teammates an average of 73.92 times per 90 minutes last year, putting him in the 95th percentile compared to his positional peers, according to FBref .

Not only that, but the man dubbed ‘extraordinary’ by Massimiliano Allegri has completed 90.5% of those passes, highlighting his ability on the ball to retain possession for his team.

So, if Melo is able to recover from his injury, the £80,000-a-week star represents a good option for Klopp as the games start to mount in the latter stages of the season.

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