Liverpool star Arthur Melo continues his road to fitness at Anfield

Brazil international Arthur Melo continues his road to fitness at Anfield… with the Liverpool loanee cancelling his holiday for a trip to Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena with the club’s youth team ahead of the return of the Premier League

  • Liverpool loanee Arthur cancelled his holiday to continue his return to fitness
  • As his teammates went for the international break Arthur trained with the U21s
  • The Brazilian appeared for the youth side at Rochdale in the Papa Johns Trophy
  • U21s boss Barry Lewtas hailed the stars’s commitment and professionalism

Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo found himself in a situation alien to most Brazil internationals when made his third appearance in a Reds shirt last week.

While many of his colleagues prepared for the international break, Arthur cancelled his holiday in order to take to the field with Liverpool’s U21s as the team began their Papa Johns Trophy campaign with a game against League Two strugglers Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Just two weeks after making his bow for the Merseyside club as a late substitute in Naples as Liverpool suffered a demoralising defeat to Napoli in the Champions League, Arthur walked out onto the pitch alongside a group comprised largely of teenagers without any first-team football experience.

Arthur Melo featured for Liverpool U21’s as they took on Rochdale in the Papa Johns Trophy

The Brazil international declined to take a holiday in order to improve his fitness ahead of the Premier League’s return

Since joining Liverpool on loan from Juventus in the final stages of the transfer window, the former Barcelona star has been attempting to get his fitness up to the standard required to take on the rigors of English football and a weeknight game in Rochdale would offer the perfect opportunity.

In his first game since May, Melo produced a promising, if largely unremarkable, performance from the centre of midfield before being replaced by player-coach Jay Spearing after the hour mark.

U21s boss Barry Lewtas hailed the Brazilian’s commitment to ensuring that he will be ready for first-team action as soon as possible.

Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas hailed Arthur’s commitment and professionalism 

‘He could have had a week off but he didn’t want that,’ Lewtas said.

‘He wants to get fit, which shows his level of professionalism, and he’s been really good to have around.’

With a hugely-congested fixture list facing Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of the upcoming World Cup, Melo’s return to fitness will undoubtedly come as a blessing to the Reds’ manager.

Though it remains to be seen if Arthur will be able to make the impact many had hoped for on his arrival at Anfield, the 26-year-old’s commitment to ensuring he will be ready when called upon has to be commended.  

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