Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a debut for new signing Arthur in Liverpool’s match against Everton.
The Brazilian is yet to receive his international clearance and will be joined on the sidelines by Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita however Diogo Jota could return for his first appearance of the season.
Liverpool have had something of an injury crisis in midfield with Fabinho, James Milner and Harvey Elliott the only available options for the position with any real first team experience.
There had been hopes that new signing Arthur could be available but he will join Henderson and Keita watching the game from the stands.
Klopp has confirmed that the match at Goodison will come too early for his new midfield man meaning he cannot help to alleviate the club’s injury issues. However, he was also keen to praise the Brazil international ahead of working with him properly.
“I’m really happy about his transfer,” the German told reporters. “My information is it won’t happen until tomorrow, international clearance. We hope he will be available for Napoli.
“He is the best age for a footballer. He can give rhythm, he is a really good passer. He is really good in tight areas. I like it a lot.”
“I have to make a decision, does it make sense that we involve him already or not? But if, it is the first time we have five attackers – sounds like Christmas!” the Liverpool boss joked.
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