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Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo is conducting a rigorous training program to become fully fit

Liverpool’s summer signing from Juventus Arthur Melo is undergoing a rigorous training program to fit into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.

Arthur has asked to play for the club’s Under-21s and is doing doubles training as he tries to catch up with his new team-mates after a suspended pre-season.

after captain Jordan Henderson picked up a hamstring injury against Newcastle United the night before.

The deal for the Brazilian includes a £3.9m loan fee with an option to make the move permanent next summer for £32m. However, having so far had just 13 minutes of first team action as a substitute in Liverpool’s 4-1 Champions League win at Napoli, reports surfaced in Italy last week that Klopp had already decided Arthur couldn’t make it at Anfield and would be sent back January.

Liverpool were quick to dismiss this, however, while Arthur is doubly determined to make an impression at his new club.

The performance in Napoli led to an open inquiry into the Liverpool dressing room, with Klopp and his players realizing they had ‘lost their attitude of the past’ and weren’t aggressive enough either on or off the ball; her intensity had to change.

Aware his pre-season preparation had been put on hold while awaiting a move from Juventus, Arthur spoke to the coaching staff and admitted he would put in extra work to ensure Klopp can count on him.

The former Barcelona player readily admitted he wasn’t where he wanted to be in terms of fitness, but double training sessions and extra training at the gym have helped him gain ground in recent days.

In fact, Liverpool staff were so pleased with his application that Klopp and his coaches congratulated him after a meeting earlier last week and offered further words of encouragement as he shows a greater understanding of their requirements and system.

Arthur, on the other hand, has asked if he can gain extra playing time at the club’s U21s. He has also avoided extra days off during the upcoming international break, asking to stay instead to train every day.

“Arthur now only needs football – and above all training, that’s how it is,” said Klopp. “He hasn’t been in team training at Juve for a while so he needs proper team training and we’re doing that with him. Can he play minutes? Yes. Should he play a full game? No, because he has to get used to the intensity in every competition.

“It’s not that you have to work less in the Champions League than in the Premier League. Not at all, especially not here. He’s doing well, he really gives everything in training, we have to take care of him too and then we’ll see if we can use him.”

Despite having little time to see much of Liverpool, Arthur is drawing on the friendship of team-mates Alisson and Thiago to adjust to the city and has moved into a new house. He has also brought his mother and father Lucia and Ailton, his brother Paulo and his girlfriend Carolina Miarelli as he wants to acclimate quickly.

He hopes to be in the running when Liverpool take on Brighton after the break on October 1 and remains determined to make the move a successful one after frustration under Massimiliano Allegri, who is at risk of sacking at Juventus. He is hoping to be in contention when Liverpool take on Brighton after the break on October 1.

Liverpool fans have been calling for new faces to freshen up their midfield options and whatever Arthur’s progress, the Anfield club intend to bolster their main target next year in Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

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