Shirt Number Revealed for Liverpool’s Last-Minute Signing as Deadline Day Is Completed

Liverpool's Last-Minute Signing

Liverpool‘s last-minute signing of Brazil International Arthur Melo on a season-long loan from Juventus has been confirmed. The 26-year-old Brazil international will wear the no.29 shirt when he takes the field for the Reds this season.

Liverpool’s Last-Minute Signing Will to  Number 29 Shirt After Signing on Deadline Day

Liverpool Get Last-Minute Deal Over the Line

Arthur Melo travelled to Liverpool on Deadline Day to complete a medical before making the move from Turin to Anfield. The midfielder provides quality depth to a midfield that could be without their captain for the foreseeable.

Talking about the transfer the deep-lying midfielder said the following: “We talked a lot, and our ideas and visions were a good fit so I’m sure it was the right choice. I’m really happy and highly motivated to continue living my dream on the pitch and giving my all in a Liverpool shirt.”

The former Barcelona player further showed his enthusiasm for his new club by saying: “It’s a massive club with a great manager, great players. As I said before, it’s a dream to be here.”

What Arthur Melo Brings to Anfield

Arthur made 63 appearances in two seasons at Juventus, however, has not made an appearance for the Serie A outfit this term. The Brazilian has made a name for himself as a deep-lying playmaker that is capable of dictating play either from in front of the back line or in a more traditional midfield.

According to FBref, the midfield maestro is in the 97th percentile for pass completion per 90 minutes whilst also averaging 73 passes in that same time frame, putting him in the 93rd percentile for passes attempted amongst his midfield peers. He is also excellent at progressing the ball up the field, averaging over five progressive passes and progressive carries per 90.

Therefore, Liverpool are getting a press-resistant midfielder that can help the team push the ball up the field in transition. The Brazilian certainly gives manager Jurgen Klopp another option in an already dangerous midfield.