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Arthur Melo is not the player Liverpool need, according to Didi Hamann (Image: Getty)

Liverpool legend Didi Hamann has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s decision to sign Arthur Melo from Juventus.

Melo, 26, joined Juventus from Barcelona in 2020 but was ruled overwhelmed at Turin and is now on a season-long loan at Anfield with an option to buy for €37.5m (£32.3m).

Jurgen Klopp made a U-turn last week after losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford and amid his side’s injury woes by signing a midfielder.

But Hamann, who won the Champions League, two FA Cups and two League Cups during his time at Liverpool, feels his old side are making a mistake.

“I’m not sure if he’s the player they need,” Hamann told Sky Sports.

“I would have liked a more attacking player who scores goals from midfield because they just don’t get enough open goals from midfield.

“You know he can play as No8 but he’s more of a holding player and I’m not sure he’s a player who gets the best out of Liverpool.”

Arthur Melo has been named to the 2019 Copa America Team of the Tournament (Image: Getty)

Arthur Melo has been named to the 2019 Copa America Team of the Tournament (Image: Getty)

Brazil international Melo started his career in South America with Gremio and helped them win the Copa Libertadores in 2017.

He arrived at Barcelona in a €31m (£26.7m) transfer in 2018 – he made 72 appearances for the Catalan giants – and won the 2018/19 La Liga title.

He left Barcelona for Juventus in 2020, arriving for an initial fee of €72m (£62m) and adding the 2020-21 Coppa Italia to his trophy case.

Melo has also found success on the international stage, capturing 22 caps for Brazil and being named to the 2019 Copa America Team of the Tournament after helping his nation lift the trophy.

He now joins a Liverpool side who sit sixth in the Premier League table after two wins, two draws and one defeat in their first five games.

The Reds are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Everton for the Merseyside derby.

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