New signing Wataru Endo is nailed-on to be a huge hit with Liverpool fans after joining the club.
The Reds raised some eyebrows last week as Endo surprisingly become their third addition of the summer. But despite plenty of Liverpool fans being unfamiliar with the 30-year-old, journalist Fabrizio Romano told his Here We Go Podcast that Endo comes with a stellar reputation.
“When I got the news of Endo it was unexpected news,” explained the journalist. “It was probably my favourite news of the summer as a journalist, because it was completely out of nowhere.
“I started to call some of my contacts in football and two or three people told me the same thing ‘this is an excellent addition.’ Ok, he’s not a big name like Moises Caicedo, but he’s a very good player. Hard worker, a captain, very serious guy who can really help Liverpool in terms of instant impact. So, all people are telling me the same.
“Also, I can reveal to you, some players who had the opportunity to play with Endo in the past told me ‘if they have this player on the pitch, Liverpool fans will fall in love with him.'”
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Romano didn’t stop there, though. Going into a little more detail on Endo’s early days as a Liverpool player, the transfer expert said that the Japan captain is settling right in.
“They [Liverpool] believe that Endo is the right player. People thought they are signing an unknown player, not a big name but this is a captain, Bundesliga proven, very good player,” he explained.
“The connection is very good. I’m hearing that in the first training sessions all the teammates are very happy, very nice guy, very well connected with all the people in the dressing room already.
“So, I think Liverpool are very happy with what they have, but the transfer window is open and Liverpool are still calling agents, exploring opportunities. They didn’t close their market at all.”
It all sounds incredibly positive about Endo, but the fact remains that he’s a still a big gamble for Liverpool. It’s true that the former Stuttgart man has played at a good level for years now, but he’s never played for a club as big as ours.
If they are putting all of their defensive midfield eggs in his basket, then there’s every chance it backfires. Experienced, disciplined and popular he may be. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to translate that into performances on the pitch.
Hopefully, he can. Should he be able to, then fans will certainly take him to their hearts. Frankly, Endo already has cult hero written all over him.