Graeme Souness has questioned Liverpool’s decision to sign Wataru Endo, with the Anfield legend predicting the midfielder to be nothing but a squad player.
Speaking to the Mirror, the pundit revealed that he is not sure that the Japanese international will be much of a difference-maker for Liverpool this season.
The Reds signed Endo from VfB Stuttgart in an £18m deal that caught everyone by surprise, though the 31-year-old has impressed in his short time at Liverpool this season.
As captain of Japan, the midfielder will bring leadership and experience the Reds have lost this summer through the sales of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, as well as James Milner’s release.
However, one figure who is yet to be impressed by Endo is Souness, who has now claimed that the midfielder won’t bring much to Liverpool’s ranks this campaign.
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Souness said: “I think another central midfield player, Endo, for the money they played, it would suggest he’s going to be a squad player. He’s not going to come in and be a difference maker.”
Endo can prove Souness seriously wrong at Liverpool
Endo was certainly a surprise signing for many fans and pundits this summer for Liverpool, yet Souness’ comments could come back to haunt him as the season progresses.
A left-field transfers doesn’t mean that Endo will be just a squad player for the Reds, with early signs indicating that the midfielder could become a key figure for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Moreover, experience in the midfield will be essential if Liverpool are to make real progress this season, with Endo a player who can become quite the star for the Reds.