Everton vs Liverpool: Arthur and Henderson to miss Merseyside derby | Football

Liverpool introduce new signing Arthur Melo

Arthur Melo is on loan from Juventus (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool newcomer Arthur Melo will not feature in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Arthur joined Liverpool on loan from Juventus on deadline day but the Brazil international is not yet eligible to play internationally but could make his debut in next week’s Champions League game in Napoli.

The Reds boss also revealed that fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson will also miss Everton clash, which will further reduce his injury-prone squad.

Henderson was substituted off with a hamstring problem during midweek’s win against Newcastle and it remains to be seen when the club’s captain will return.

“Nothing yet, we’re still waiting for the result to be honest,” Klopp replied when asked for an update on the 32-year-old.

“It was only 12:30 or so now; I asked before I came here and [we] did not come to any result. He’s definitely out, he’s injured, but I don’t know the extent.”

The motivation behind Arthur’s signing was fueled by Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis, with almost all players in that position being in the treatment room and unlikely to return for some time.

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Jordan Henderson limped off in win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a muscle injury for Naby Keita, Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] is also a muscle injury and they will be out for a while,” Klopp added in his pre-match press conference.

“Thiago [Alcantara] is the closest of all [of them]. I think early in the week, next week, he will be in team training.

That leaves Klopp’s experienced midfield options for the Goodison Park trip down to just Fabinho and James Milner, although the young trio of Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho and Curtis Jones are available.

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Diogo Jota missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)

On the plus side, the manager revealed Diogo Jota is back in contention after spending all summer on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in preseason.

Also available again is summer signing Darwin Nunez, who returns after serving a three-game ban for headbutting Joachim Andersen in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

“Diogo will probably be there too [as Nunez], he trained with the team for the first time yesterday. He will train today.

“I have to make a decision; Does it make sense that we include him already or not? But if it’s the first time we have five attackers – sounds like Christmas!’

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