Liverpool have completed the €37.5million (£32.3million) loan deal of Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo with a buy option.
The Brazil international is set to join for the remainder of the season after completing a shock deadline-day move.
Injuries to Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson forced Jurgen Klopp to make a late change of plan.
The Liverpool manager had insisted just last week that Liverpool were unlikely to make any further signings following the arrivals of Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez earlier this summer.
However, Henderson’s setback prompted Liverpool to make a late move for the 26-year-old.
“I’m really, really happy to be here and wearing this great shirt with this famous badge that represents so much in world football, it’s a dream,” Melo said on the club’s website.
“We talked a lot and our ideas and vision fitted well together, so I’m sure it was the right choice.
“I’m really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and give my all in a Liverpool shirt.
“Liverpool have a wonderful history in football. I played against Liverpool, I know how it feels to be in the stadium with the fans behind you.
“I was with the opposition and now I’m on the right side, so I’m really excited. It’s a huge club with a great manager and great players. Like I said, it’s a dream to be here.”
Melo, a Brazil international, started his career in his home country with Gremio and won the 2017 Copa Libertadores.
Melo joined Barcelona for €31m (£26.7m) in 2018 – he made 72 appearances – 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 had international success, capturing 22 caps for Brazil and being named to the 2019 Copa America Team of the Tournament after helping his nation lift the trophy.
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