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Arthur Melo breaks silence on “difficult” Liverpool loan spell

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The midfielder returns to Juventus after making only one appearance for the Reds.

Arthur Melo has thanked Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool team for their support during his tough loan spell at Anfield. The Brazilian midfielder, who struggled with form and fitness throughout the season, made just one appearance during his time with the Reds.

Liverpool secured Arthur on a loan deal from Juventus last summer in response to midfield injuries to Thiago, Fabinho, and Jordan Henderson. However, the 24-year-old’s loan stint was plagued by setbacks, and he played only 13 minutes, coming on as a substitute during the 4-1 defeat against Napoli in the Champions League.

A pulled quad muscle in October necessitated surgery, leading to an extended absence from the pitch. Although he returned to the matchday squad for the Bournemouth game in March, he was unable to make an appearance.

Reflecting on his difficult loan spell, Arthur expressed his gratitude to Klopp, the coaching staff, and his teammates for their support. In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, he stated, “I went through difficult times, but it was very important for me to have the support of everyone, from the coach, Klopp, and the entire coaching staff, to my team-mates. The dressing room helped me a lot in a difficult moment.”

“I think I’ve learned a lot, when you leave your comfort zone, you learn even more. You have to evolve in some way, and the injury has helped me to do so.”

Upon his return to Juventus, Arthur has been linked with a potential return to the Premier League. According to reports in English media, Brighton, Newcastle, and Aston Villa are reportedly pursuing Melo’s signature ahead of the next season.