After a long summer of complaints from many of their supporters, it looks as though Liverpool will finally be adding another midfielder to their squad this summer.
It was a position that they looked a little bit short in heading into the campaign, something that was only driven home by their injury issues in recent weeks. Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all experienced spells on the sideline.
That should not have come as a surprise when you look at the injury records of those three players. Despite this, the club seems happy to go with their current squad for the season ahead.
However, that seemed to change over the last 24 hours or so.
It has been reported that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on loan for the season, with the player travelling to Merseyside for a medial on deadline day.
Arthur Melo to Liverpool, here we go! Contracts are now ready to be signed once medical will be completed in the afternoon, already booked. Arthur is flying to UK right now. 🚨🔴 #LFC #DeadlineDay
Loan deal valid until June 2023, no buy option. pic.twitter.com/xNhiJWspXb
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Liverpool made last gasp Arthur Melo move
Liverpool have been linked with a number of midfielders in recent days, although the name of Arthur Melo was not one that appeared in many reports.
As it turns out, the move to sign the Brazilian was very much a last gasp one.
Tutto Mercato are reporting that Liverpool only made a call to enquire about Arthur Melo after midnight last night, when it became clear that captain Jordan Henderson was also set to join their injury list.
The Englishman has picked up a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action for around three weeks.
Arthur had agreed a deal to join Sporting Lisbon on loan, but would quickly jump at the chance to move to Jurgen Klopp's side when the option appeared.
The 26-year old has been linked with a Premier League move in the past, most notably to Arsenal last January. He was once viewed as one of the brightest up and coming prospects in the game, joining Juventus from Barcelona for a fee worth up to €82million in 2020.
However, his time in Turin has been fraught with a number of injury issues and lack of form. Considering Liverpool's problems in that position, they will be hoping that he can maintain his fitness in the months ahead.
He is a talented player and one that should immediately be able to slot into the side when called upon. In saying that, there seems little doubt that this is a panic buy.