Liverpool made a mistake in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo as they panicked in the final days of the transfer window, leaving their squad weaker than last season, according to former defender Jose Enrique.
With eight central midfielders on the club’s books at the start of pre-season, Liverpool appeared to be going with what they had for this season, having missed out on Aurelien Tchouameni, who opted for Real Madrid from AS Monaco.
But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a long-term hamstring injury on the tour of Thailand and Singapore, while Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson also suffered hamstring problems after the start of the season.
That meant the Reds were in the market for midfield reinforcements at the end of August as the injury spat, poor results and lack of form prompted manager Jurgen Klopp to retract his claim from earlier in the summer that his side were good-in stocked in the middle of the park.
The disgraced Arthur was loaned out for the season from Juventus on deadline day but looked unfit in a brief cameo in the humiliating defeat to Napoli last week and suffered from regular absences through injury during his time at Turin.
Now former left-back Jose Enrique claims the move was a mistake.
“I’ve seen Arthur Melo at Barcelona and he’s a fantastic player with a lot of talent but the reality is he was a panic loan from Liverpool,” Enrique told Lord Ping. “I don’t think Liverpool would have signed a midfielder if Jordan Henderson hadn’t been injured.”
The Reds brought forward Darwin Nunez from Benfica, attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho from Fulham and right-back Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen this summer but allowed the likes of Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino to leave for new clubs.
With just two wins from the first seven games of the new season, Enrique believes Klopp hasn’t improved his squad.
“I don’t think Liverpool have improved their squad in the transfer window,” added the Spaniard. “I think it’s a weaker squad than last season.”
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