Your Liverpool morning digest for Tuesday, May 9, as Arthur Melo speaks out about Jurgen Klopp’s treatment and Alexis MacAllister’s ‘complex’ release clause is explained amid Liverpool transfer speculation
Tuesday, May 9 is your morning Liverpool digest.
Arthur Melo speaks out about Jurgen Klopp’s treatment and confirms his future with Liverpool.
Arthur Melo has confirmed his departure from Liverpool at the end of the season after failing to make an impact on loan at Anfield due to injury.
The Brazil international has only played 13 minutes for the Reds since joining on loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day last summer, and that came in a 4-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli in September.
A thigh injury the following month would necessitate surgery and keep the midfielder out for six months. And, despite being an unused substitute against Bournemouth, Manchester City, and Chelsea following his return, the 26-year-old has been left out of Liverpool’s matchday squad for the Reds’ last seven games.
The Reds had a loan option to sign Arthur permanently at the end of the season, but understandably chose not to exercise it ahead of a planned midfield revamp this summer.
In an interview with Goal, the Brazilian confirmed his intention to leave Liverpool but expressed hope to make his Premier League debut before leaving.
“I see it with fresh eyes next season.” It will be pivotal in my career, and I am working hard,” he said. “I’m excited to show you this new version of Arthur.”
According to reports, Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton & Hove Albion has a complicated clause in his contract due to Liverpool interest.
The Reds have made the Argentine one of their top targets this summer, as Jurgen Klopp’s midfield is set to change. The contracts of James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will expire at the end of the season, effectively ending their Anfield careers.
Mac Allister was one of the Argentine icons who helped Lionel Messi win the World Cup in Qatar, bringing the country’s World Cup drought to an end. Since his return, he has been instrumental in propelling the Seagulls into European contention under Roberto De Zerbi.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the 24-year-old has a clause in his contract, but it is not the ‘typical’ clause found in players’ paperwork.
“It is understood that the terms do, in fact, contain a mechanism that can be used to help facilitate a move, which has contributed to the level of interest building to wrest Mac Allister from Brighton,” he wrote.
“This is thought to be a more complex feature that gives Brighton a say over the outcome, rather than a typical release clause that other clubs may simply trigger, leaving the player to choose their next step.”