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Liverpool are in talks with Juventus over the deadline day loan move of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo

Juventus do not fit Arthur Melo to seal the Liverpool loan deal after the Reds took a post-midnight approach following Jordan Henderson’s injury… with the midfielder seen as a similar style option to Thiago Alcantara

  • Jordan Henderson was the latest midfielder to be included in Liverpool’s injury list
  • Thiago and Naby Keita stay on the sidelines and resources are exhausted
  • The move for Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo came out of the blue
  • Talks with Juventus are on loan and the 26-year-old travels to Merseyside

Liverpool are close to agreeing a loan deal for Brazil international Arthur Melo in a bid to ease mounting injury woes in midfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s need to bring in an extra body was compounded last night when Jordan Henderson suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Newcastle, likely meaning he will miss the next five games, including two Champions League games and a trip to Stamford Bridge.

Klopp described the damage as “serious” – Liverpool’s captain will be scanned in the next 24 hours – and with he already being without Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the German had no choice but to move.

Arthur Melo is close to a loan move to Liverpool and is keen to play for Jurgen Klopp

Arthur Melo is close to a loan move to Liverpool and is keen to play for Jurgen Klopp

Melo is a busy midfielder and Klopp is keen to bring in players to help deal with the injury crisis

Melo is a busy midfielder and Klopp is keen to bring in players to help deal with the injury crisis

Contacts were made with Arthur and Juventus in the early hours of Thursday morning and talks continued in Turin over a deal that would see the former Barcelona man join Anfield for the remainder of the season. He is expected to arrive in Merseyside in the late afternoon.

Arthur has been on the fringes at Juventus as his style didn’t fit manager Max Allegri’s preferred approach and has received offers from Wolves, Sporting Lisbon and Valencia in the past month. Of the three, Sporting impressed the most as they were in the Champions League.

There have been indications that Arthur is injured but that is absolutely not the case and barring any last-minute problems he could even be included in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park.

Stylistically, Melo is not dissimilar to Thiago

The Spaniard has been plagued by injury problems

Melo (left) is considered similar to Thiago Alcantara (right), who is injured

Melo has struggled for playing time under Massimiliano Allegri and is eager for a change

Melo has struggled for playing time under Massimiliano Allegri and is eager for a change

Liverpool have a significant Brazilian contingent in their squad in Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho so Arthur isn’t expected to have any trouble settling in England and is excited about the opportunity to work with Klopp.

The downside to this move, however, is concern for Henderson. Going without her skipper for any length of time would be a severe blow.

Whether he will be available for England’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany remains to be seen.

Jordan Henderson is set to undergo an investigation into the hamstring injury he sustained against Newcastle

Jordan Henderson is set to undergo an investigation into the hamstring injury he sustained against Newcastle

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Maureen Mackey

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