Liverpool completed an overhaul of their midfield in the summer transfer window having seen the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho depart for the Saudi Pro League, with several new additions joining Jurgen Klopp’s side including Wataru Endo.
Alexis Mac Allister was the first through the doors at Anfield, followed by Dominik Szoboszlai, Endo and finally Ryan Gravenberch on transfer deadline day.
The most intriguing of the bunch is arguably the Japan international who joined from VfB Stuttgart.
Klopp appears to be quite a big fan of the 30-year-old, though transfer journalist Dean Jones is not quite as sure in Endo’s ability to become a star at Anfield. Although Jones is not sure himself, he did go on to say that others from Germany had told him that the former Stuttgart man was a lot better than he was giving him credit for.
Speaking on the Ranks FC podcast, the journalist shared his thoughts on the £15million summer addition.
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“They lost experience and midfield depth, and that left them vulnerable. They’ve tried to fix it late on with Gravenberch and Endo. If Endo is as good as Klopp hopes he is and as some people in Germany tell me his is, then my ranking will be wrong, that’s going to be proven, but I don’t know if he will be and I have to judge that,” Jones said.
How will Endo do?
Endo has not been brought in as a statement signing, so naturally there won’t be as much pressure on him to perform as his other counterparts, though this does not mean he will not develop into a real gem for the Reds this season.
We have seen Klopp pick out many gems beforehand, so there is every chance that the Japanese midfielder will follow suit.
He could prove to be a very important player.