Date: 16th September 2022 at 11:04am
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Liverpool picked up their first points of this season’s Champions League campaign on Tuesday, by beating Ajax 2-1 at Anfield. 

Mohamed Salah put The Reds ahead early on before they were pegged back by a superb strike from Mohammed Kudus, but defender Joel Matip won the game for Jurgen Klopp’s side late on.

During the game, Klopp gave a Champions League debut to 17-year-old Stefan Bajcetic, with the Spaniard replacing Thiago Alcantara in the dying seconds of the game.

One player that remained on the bench, though, is midfielder Arthur Melo, who joined from Juventus on deadline day.

The ex-Gremio man was drafted in as Liverpool were short of options in midfield, with Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones all having suffered injuries during the early weeks of the season.

The Brazilian joined Liverpool on loan as Klopp searched desperately for midfield reinforcements, but recent reports suggest that the move hasn’t gone to plan so far.

Arthur has failed to impress since arriving in England

As per Tuttomercatoweb via The Mirror, Klopp has been unimpressed with the Brazil international so far, so much so that he is considering cutting short the loan deal at the first available opportunity.

The report claims that Liverpool could terminate the midfielder’s loan in January, if they can find a replacement.

Arthur, 26, has enjoyed a successful career so far, making more than 60 appearances for both Barcelona and Juventus, as well as making 22 international appearances.

The midfielder has won the La Liga title and the Copa Libertadores with former side Gremio, as well as lifting the Italian Cup in 2021.

It is suggested, though, that Klopp has seen enough of the midfielder in training and has already decided that he is not the right man for his side.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, is reportedly also unwilling to reintroduce the player into his side, which could potentially leave him in a difficult situation.

The Reds have the option to sign the player permanently at the end of the season for a reported fee of £32.4 million but, considering Klopp’s reported distrust for the player’s ability, it seems extremely unlikely that they will choose to do so.

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