JUST IN: Arthur and Juventus verdict hints at Jürgen Klopp transfer gem as Liverpool ‘rejected’ late request
Media Digest: Liverpool loan signing Arthur’s move has been slammed in Italy while Jürgen Klopp and the Reds reportedly rejected late interest in one of their stars.
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Liverpool injury update
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has offered an injury update on a number of players ahead of the Merseyside derby with a mixture of good and bads news for the Reds’ squad.
Speaking in his press conference, Klopp explained that Diogo Jota is back in training and is expected to be in the matchday squad again, while Darwin Núñez is back from suspension and has ‘learned his lesson’ after his red card against Crystal Palace.
Arthur Melo does not yet have international clearance and so his debut will have to wait after he arrived from Juventus on deadline day, while Jordan Henderson is ‘definitely’ out — Liverpool are awaiting the results of his scan for how long he will be missing.
Naby Keïta is set to be ‘out for a while’ with a muscle problem while Thiago Alcântara is ‘closest’ to a return of those remaining and could be back in training at the start of next week. Ibrahima Konaté will be missing until after the international break.
Juventus slammed for Arthur decision
Liverpool’s signing of Arthur Melo has been slammed by former Serie A star Antonio Cassano, speaking to BoboTV, via Arena Calcio.
“A very serious thing: Arthur. For [Juventus manager] Max Allegri, he wasn’t a player; he wasn’t good; he didn’t take him into consideration,” Cassano said. “Now he’s gone to Liverpool, who are one of the strongest teams in the world with one of the best managers in football history.
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“Is there a reason Liverpool and Klopp want Arthur and get him? What does it mean? That in this country of incapable and mediocre people, you have to start looking in the mirror and spit in your eyes.”
Does that mean that Arthur is a better player than he has looked at Barcelona and then in Italy? Well, there is talent there. But there are also injuries galore, and that, as much as anything, will determine the loanee’s success.
It will take a lot to convince Liverpool to pay the £32m fee required to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2023.
Liverpool rejected Premier League transfer move
Southampton attempted to sign Liverpool defender Nat Phillips on deadline day but the Reds refused to do business for the centre-back, according to The Athletic.
With Jan Bednarek moving to Aston Villa, Southampton wanted another defender and ended up with Duje Ćaleta-Car, who was once linked with Liverpool.
The Croatian is a good player and while Phillips would have benefited from moving to Southampton too, Liverpool simply cannot afford to take any risks.
Sepp van den Berg moved to Schalke on loan and it was always thought that Liverpool would only allow one of the Dutchman and Phillips to leave, avoiding a potential situation at centre-back like they had the season before last.
Already this season Joël Matip and Ibrahima Konaté have spent time on the sidelines and Phillips will get chances to play — though Liverpool will hope not too many.