Left-back benefits, Arthur and hardest opponents

Of course he needs some time to adjust to the team and the Premier League. What I had to adapt to the most was the intensity of the game. I had to learn to play more physically and think faster, but without losing your technique. The pace can sometimes compromise your quality.

His adaptation can be greatly aided by the many Brazilians and Portuguese speakers in the squad.

I was clearly Liverpool’s first Brazilian player when I joined in 2006 and didn’t speak English. The Scouse accent was also a bit different from the one in our English classes!

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Bolo Zenden helped me a lot to settle in as I think he spoke four or five languages ​​and also had a little bit of Portuguese. Mark Gonzalez and the Spanish players and staff also helped me.

Your teammates are so important to the settlement process and Arthur can count on some great ones.


Michalis: My first favorite Liverpool team was the team you played during the period you played. Do you think if we had the new scientific technology in rehabilitation, nutrition and sports science, your injury record would have improved? It was a shame that a player like you was injured…

I think so. I think if we had all this new technology and information, it would have helped me a lot. Although some of it was part of my genetics. But it would have helped me minimize those problems. I think if I hadn’t had a lot of problems with injuries, I think I could have reached another level, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Today I know a lot more about my body. I still play football now – still struggle with some issues, but I have a lot less trouble. With the technology we have today, it would have been completely different.

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Who is the hardest striker you have played against?

When I first came to Liverpool, I remember that games with Bolton Wanderers were very difficult in the beginning. Kevin Davies was always on the right so it was always a physical test for me. That was very tough in that respect. Arjen Robben was also very difficult to play against Chelsea and Real Madrid. I’d say both, to be honest. The experience with Davies was the more physical side of English football, while Robben was a very talented and fast player.

Andrei: What made Liverpool FC unique for you, something you didn’t find at other clubs?

It is difficult to express in words. The atmosphere you live in is not just that in the club, but also in the city – going through the streets, talking to the people. All that creates an atmosphere that, in my opinion, was different from what I experienced in other places, for example in Sao Paulo, Valencia.

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Thank you for reading,

See you next week at Anfield for the legends match!


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