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Liverpool: Klopp must unleash Arthur Melo vs Napoli

Liverpool have been struggling in the Premier League over their first six outings with the side making their worst start to a season under Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach will be hoping that the poor form doesn’t follow them to Naples in their Champions League clash with Napoli this evening.

There has been somewhat of an injury crisis at the club with Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Fabio Carvalho and Ibrahima Konate all sustaining injuries over the season so far.

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Despite claiming that Liverpool would not make any more signings over the summer, the powers at Anfield surrendered to signing another midfielder after the Reds captain sustained a hamstring injury last week against Newcastle United prompting the swift arrival of Juventus ace Arthur Melo on loan on Deadline Day.

Although Thiago has returned to training following his hamstring injury it may be too fast to select him to start in the midfield three this evening after just two training sessions, so it could be the perfect opportunity for Klopp to finally unleash Melo, giving him his debut in the famous red shirt when they start their Champions League campaign this evening.

Arthur was an unused substitute during the Merseyside Derby on Saturday but could be given his first taste of football for the six-time European winners, and it would be a great game for the talented midfielder to deliver some much-needed experience in the centre of the pitch.

The £53k-per-week Brazilian who was hailed “extraordinary” by Massimiliano Allegri, has a lot of experience in playing against Italian sides following his two-year stint in the Serie A and was part of the Juventus team who beat Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana final back in 2021.

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In terms of how he can help Liverpool gain a good start in the prestigious European competition, the midfielder’s strength in passing will be the perfect replacement for Thiago’s position in the team if he is unavailable to play tonight.

Arthur ranked in the top 10% of his positional peers in the top five European leagues over the last 12 months for passes attempted and pass completion, as well as ranking in the top 20% for progressive passes and carries, proving that he is more than capable of linking play in his central role.

With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Klopp gives Arthur the chance to make his first appearance for Liverpool or play it safer with his fit midfielders that are already very familiar with the system and style of play the coach expects from his team.

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