Jamie Carragher doesn’t think Arthur Melo is the answer to Liverpool midfield’s woes but thinks signing the loan makes sense.
The Brazil international has been loaned out by Juventus for the remainder of this season, with the Reds having an option to buy for €37.5m (£32.3m).
The deadline-day signing was somewhat forced upon Liverpool after injuries including Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson left Jurgen Klopp a little short in midfield in the pre-season.
The 26-year-old is clearly of great quality, having featured for Barcelona and Juve and earning 22 caps for Brazil, but Carragher doesn’t seem overly enthusiastic about the signing.
The Reds legend sees Arthur as a good stopgap and sensible signing but not much more than that.
“I don’t think Arthur is the answer to what Liverpool will need in the next three or four years; They need a younger, more energetic player,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But I think Arthur is only there to fill a spot so Liverpool bought him late and on loan.
“It’s a bit reminiscent of what Liverpool did 18 months ago when a lot of centre-backs were injured and they didn’t buy anyone they loaned out to look at. Liverpool didn’t buy those players and signed Ibrahima Konate in the summer.
“The actual midfielder they want isn’t available at the moment so I think it makes sense to loan someone out.”
Carragher expects Liverpool to spend big on a midfielder next year – with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham likely to be their main target – but he reckons they may need to sign more than one first-team player in the position, and they could have done some of that business this summer.
“You can look at the funds that other clubs have spent and sometimes that frustrates Liverpool supporters. All fans are equal, we’re all happy about a transfer but there’s no point in signing players you don’t need,” said the Reds legend.
“Liverpool need a striker and have spent a lot on a striker. Liverpool needed a midfielder but the player they wanted wasn’t available. The question is, should they have gone for someone else?
“Yes, there is an argument that next season – with age and injuries – they will need more than one midfielder. It’s the only area where you can question Liverpool.
“Yeah, they’re not panicking, but they could be in the market for two or three midfielders – could they have gotten one of them now? Midfielders will be the biggest shock for Liverpool over the next 12 months.
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