Jürgen Klopp may now turn to Liverpool’s underutilized Thiago Alcântara solution after Real Madrid waited for a while. Although a timetable for his recovery from the injury is unknown, Klopp only needs to wait for one more game to implement this remedy.
Despite having a pretty fit lineup to take against Real Madrid, Thiago Alcântara, one of Liverpool’s important players, is still sidelined with an injury. The Spanish international, one of Liverpool’s finest midfielders, hasn’t played since February, and it’s unclear when he’ll be back.
Although Klopp is striving to manage without Thiago’s midfield leadership, Liverpool is having difficulties, as seen by their 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday. Because Bournemouth was at the bottom of the Premier League standings at the time, they were able to keep Liverpool from scoring, which was extremely aggravating for Klopp.
The loss was a “real knock,” according to Klopp, who also bemoaned the team’s inconsistent play this year.
Until the summer transfer window opens, Jürgen Klopp will continue to hunt for solutions inside the squad, and his next move might involve a player who was merely listed on the bench the previous game.
After being out for almost six months owing to a serious injury, Arthur Melo has lately regained his fitness. Even though he didn’t play against Bournemouth, he might be a potential Thiago replacement for Liverpool’s midfield woes. He was not, however, a member of the Champions League roster when it was announced in January, thus he will not even be eligible to be on the substitution list for the forthcoming game against Real Madrid.
Melo was brought in last summer on loan from Juventus to help Liverpool’s midfield. His job under Klopp was to be used as a means of maintaining possession and taking control of the middle of the field, but his fitness problems have stopped him from doing so.
Given that Arthur Melo is expected to become available for selection following Liverpool’s match against Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see what he can add to the club between now and the summer.
Melo has shown an exceptional pass completion rate of 92.3% across 4,136 passes in Serie A and La Liga over the last four seasons. Although these statistics are meaningless, they do demonstrate his ability to give players a sense of assurance on the ball, much like Thiago. He might even be more motivated to recruit a teammate than Thiago is.
Melo is less likely to lose control of the ball in hectic situations, even though he might not provide the same amount of threat and movement towards the final third and penalty box. He was on loan from Liverpool as a backup controller who would always go for the ball and typically hold onto it even in tumultuous circumstances. He appeared to be the greatest choice to replace Thiago when he got to Anfield since he was a natural support player who could step up when necessary.
Melo might get the chance to accomplish that for the first time since joining Liverpool in September.