Arthur signed for Liverpool on loan from Juventus during the summer to help the Reds’ midfield issues.
However, the Brazilian has so far featured for just 13 minutes this season – coming off the bench for 13 minutes in Liverpool’s 4-1 loss to Napoli in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp then revealed on Friday that Arthur had sat out the midweek Champions League victory over Rangers after suffering a injury during Monday’s training session at Kirkby.
And now, it is being reported that Arthur is set to undergo surgery this weekend with the Liverpool midfielder expected to be sidelined for three to four months.
This is obviously a major blow for Liverpool given how many games every top side is currently having to play ahead of the World Cup.
So, with Arthur out, Liverpool fans will be hoping to see some fresh legs in the door in January.
Speaking recently, though, Fabrizio Romano suggested that may depend on Arthur’s recovery time:
“We will see in November/December what happens with Liverpool’s transfer strategy,” Romano said.
“It also depends on recovery time for Arthur Melo, if he will be ready in January or not… there are many factors.
“For sure, the strategy of waiting until the summer is a bit of a risk, but it’s also true that top players are not available in January in 90% of the cases.”