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Arthur Melo has stayed behind at Liverpool in the course of the international break to work on his fitness – despite having the prospect to jet off on holiday. The deadline day arrival from Juventus (loan) has been a significant talking point since rocking up on Merseyside – despite only featuring for 13 minutes in his latest colors in the course of the 4-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli earlier this month.

It has been a difficult begin to his Liverpool profession amid reports Jurgen Klopp already desires to cut his loan short in January.

Nevertheless, Arthur has been reassured that is just not the case with the Reds still confident the previous Barcelona man may help them achieve something special this season.

There may be an appreciation that Liverpool are unlikely to trigger their choice to buy the 26-year-old at the top of the season when the Reds will look to pursue the signing of Jude Bellingham.

That said, Arthur continues to be very much a part of Klopp’s pondering for the immediate future – providing he can prove his fitness.

Arthur featured for Liverpool’s U21s within the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night as he looks to bank more minutes.

After not being chosen by Brazil, the player has taken it upon himself to hold on working at Kirkby in a bid to impress Klopp and maximise his possibilities of playing recurrently.

Liverpool U21s coach Barry Lewtas has been greater than impressed together with his attitude and desire, telling the Liverpool Echo: “Arthur has been in over the international break to play games and construct up his fitness.

“That’s off his own back, in order that shows his level of professionalism. He has been great with the lads as well. He has been first-class.

“In training on Monday he was excellent, he really drove the lads and as a match-day minus one, it’s probably the most effective one we’ve had.

“He desires to get fit, he doesn’t need per week off, so it’s come from him. He doesn’t speak Scouse and I don’t speak Portuguese, but I feel you may tell from the body language. Within the meetings we went through some extra things and cleared a couple of things up. He has embraced it.

“He first trained with us on Friday. He trained with the primary team, after which he had a session with us for the team that was going to play against Leicester. He’ll do a bit of work with us in the course of the international break.”

Arthur was replaced by Jay Spearing in the course of the match having previously played 90 minutes against Leicester U21s in a Premier League 2 fixture.

He may have to outmuscle the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara if he’s to get regular game time within the centre of the park this season.

Liverpool have been light on the bottom in midfield which is why Klopp and FSG were forced into motion in the ultimate hours of the transfer window.

Klopp had initially ruled that he was pleased to persist together with his current midfield options before eventually deciding to maneuver for Arthur, who Juventus were seeking to offload.

The Reds can sign the Brazil international on a everlasting deal for £32m should he catch the attention during his Anfield stay.

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