Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Arthur transfer – unavailable vs Everton – Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp has explained why Liverpool decided to sign Arthur on loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day, and revealed why he is unlikely to be available to face Everton on Saturday.
The Brazilian arrives with a number of Liverpool midfielders currently sidelined, with captain Jordan Henderson the most recent to suffer a problem in Wednesday’s win over Newcastle.
It was this injury that would have forced Liverpool’s hand on deadline day, with the addition of Arthur adding much-needed cover in midfield.
Despite reports to the contrary, Arthur isn’t injured but Klopp says he doesn’t expect to be able to call on the Brazilian as he hasn’t received international clearance yet.
“First and foremost, really happy with this transfer,” he said.
“My information is that international customs clearance will not take place until tomorrow. We all hope he does well for Napoli [next Wednesday].”
The Liverpool boss went on to detail why he thinks Arthur is the right player to add to the Reds’ midfield ranks.
Having missed out on first-choice midfield target Aurelien Tchouameni at Real Madrid earlier this summer, Liverpool were reluctant to move for an alternative, with Klopp saying they would only move for “the right player”.
However, the situation changed when injuries to Liverpool’s midfield started piling up, and Klopp believes Arthur is the perfect fit.
“He’s a very good footballer, I think we all agree on that,” Klopp continued.
“He’s already had a very exciting career and he’s still quite young. He is entering the best age for a footballer.
“He can set pace, he’s a really good passer, he has speed with the ball, is safe on the ball and can demand pace which is quite important, really good in tight areas and all those kinds of things, so I really like it.
“Why can you loan out a player like this? Because it didn’t work 100% at Juventus, but I see it as a positive because the potential is still there.
“Obviously we play differently to Juve and we all thought it could fit very well, so that’s why I’m delighted.”
The deal is initially seen as a short-term fix, but the Reds have the option of making the deal permanent at the end of the season, with a statement from Juventus revealing a £32m option to buy .