Liverpool loanee Arthur feels “stronger and closer” to making his long-awaited return from injury, after a year he feels was the “hardest of his life.”
It has now been four months since Arthur underwent surgery on a calf injury picked up in training, sustained during a dedicated programme to build up his fitness.
A crushing blow for a player who saw injury problems dog his time at parent club Juventus, the Brazilian had only clocked 13 minutes on the pitch for Liverpool before he was sidelined.
There were suggestions his loan could be cut short, but Arthur has stayed with the Reds, though his omission from the squad for the Champions League knockout stages is an indication of his standing in the squad.
A comeback in the Merseyside derby is unlikely, with the manager seeing his situation as “similar to Bobby [Firmino]” in that the club’s medical staff would need to “[see] how he deals with the training intensity” first.
But taking to Instagram after a session at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday, Arthur declared himself “stronger and closer.”
Arthur may not be considered a long-term option at Liverpool, but the ongoing problems within Klopp’s midfield could hand him an opportunity in the months to come.
For Arthur, any comeback would be vindication after he reflected on a “complicated” 2022 in an Instagram post on New Year’s Day.
“[There were] many injuries, many criticisms that I had to listen to in silence, without even having the opportunity to expose the truth, what was really happening,” he wrote.
“Many sleepless nights due to physical pain, many days in the hospital.
“The anguish [of waiting] for the medical report in the hope that it wasn’t something that could prevent me from doing what I love most, playing football.”