Arthur Melo, the Brazilian midfielder currently on loan at Liverpool from Juventus, has sent a two-word message ahead of what will be his last chance to make his Premier League debut for the club. Melo joined the Reds on loan last August due to Jurgen Klopp's midfield injury crisis but has been limited to a single appearance as a substitute against Napoli in the Champions League.
A thigh muscle injury sustained during training in October required surgery, keeping Melo out of action until February. By the time he returned, Liverpool's midfield options had been replenished, leaving him as an unused substitute on four occasions. Despite his lack of playing time, the 26-year-old has spoken positively about his experience in England and working with Klopp.
Liverpool's final game of the season against Southampton represents Melo's last opportunity to make his Premier League debut. Unfortunately, he missed out on the chance to play at Anfield, having only appeared there as a Barcelona player during their memorable Champions League semi-final defeat in 2019.
Melo is set to return to Juventus this summer, as Liverpool has decided not to pursue a permanent signing. Klopp expressed his sympathy for the midfielder in his pre-match programme notes for the Aston Villa game and praised his professionalism and ability.
Despite the circumstances, Melo hasn't given up hope of making his Premier League debut. He participated in Liverpool's latest training session and took to social media to share a message: "Keep working," accompanied by a flexed bicep emoji and a picture of himself with the ball.
Liverpool's final fixture against Southampton may not have significant implications for their league position, as they have already secured fifth place. Whether Melo will be granted his Premier League debut by Klopp or be included in the squad for the trip to St. Mary's Stadium remains uncertain.