Arthur Melo returns to first team training ahead Merseyside derby

The Brazilian has played in only one competitive fixture for Liverpool during his loan spell.

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Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo has returned to first team training, as reported by Simon Jones for the Daily Mail. Arthur joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Juventus last summer and has only appeared in one competitive fixture in the Champions League.

Arthur’s disastrous loan spell has been ravaged by injuries, but the midfielder will be hoping to make an immediate impact in a Liverpool midfield that is in desperate need of something different. Klopp’s men face a reinvigorated Everton, now lead by Sean Dyche who guided them to victory last weekend against the league-leaders Arsenal.

Hampered early on by a lack of pre-season fitness, Arthur then suffered a thigh tear in October, preventing him from having any real impact during his loan so far.

Jones reports that Arthur returned to training with the first team on Wednesday after having participated in training on Sunday with the players that did not start the 3-0 defeat to Wolves at the weekend.

Liverpool’s midfield has been an ongoing issue with season, with many supporters pointing towards that area of the pitch as a major reason for Liverpool’s misfortune. Arthur will hope to prove himself during the remainder of the campaign as Jurgen Klopp begins his midfield rebuild in the summer. Most believe it is highly unlikely that Arthur will stay at Anfield beyond the end of his loan.

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