Arthur’s arrival could see the Brazilian link-up with two players in Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad who he has already played with in the past and shares impressive records with.
Thursday’s new arrival at the AXA Training Centre took most people by surprise. There were some aghast-looking faces in the morning when Arthur Melo’s proposed move to Liverpool first circulated, and it still feels slightly strange to say that the Brazilian is now, at least temporarily, a player at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal.
One thing is clear: Arthur is here, and he is delighted to be so. In his official interview with LFCTV, he gushed about joining the club, and he looked to have been relieved to be free from the Juventus shackles he has been wearing.
Arthur couldn’t stop smiling throughout his whole interview. His energy was infectious and if he can channel that same attitude on the pitch, Liverpool will have one hell of a player.
But perhaps the most excited the Brazilian looked is when he mentioned his ‘amigos’ from the national team. Liverpool after all already have a big contingent of Brazilian players including Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho, all of whom, Arthur will be very familiar with from his time with the national team.
From a Liverpool perspective, it’s not just that his chemistry with the Reds’ Brazilian players will help him settle into the squad better, with plenty of other players in the squad also speaking the same language as Arthur, but also the fact that he will have synergy on the pitch too with some of his teammates, that makes this transfer more exciting.
For the Brazilian national team, Arthur has already played six times with £39m Fabinho, whom he will likely link up with in midfield at Anfield as well. Out of those six appearances together, Fabinho and Arthur won every single game with Brazil scoring 15 times and conceding just once.
It’s important to note that most of the time they appeared as substitutes, but those performances also included a start against South Korea in a 3-0 victory for Brazil, where both Arthur and Fabinho controlled the middle of the park with Arthur completing 68 passes and winning all his defensive duels, while Fabinho completed 43 passes as per Wyscout.
That connection will now be reignited at Liverpool, and the fans will hope, Arthur and Fabinho can produce similar performances together once again in a system that was similar to the one they played in for Brazil.
But it’s not just Fabinho that Arthur will know well from the national team. He has played even more games together with £29m Roberto Firmino, and their record together is perhaps even more impressive having played 16 matches winning 10 games, drawing five and losing just once.
The two of them were both crucial in Brazil’s 2019 Copa America victory, where they played five games together in an impressive side that obliterated the competition that summer.