Endo’s Rise at Liverpool: A League Cup Triumph
Wataru Endo, Liverpool’s congenial midfielder, was in high spirits as he returned home, eager to reunite with his family after a significant day. “It was a pivotal day today as my four children embarked on their new educational journey,” he shared with The Athletic. The Japan international was brimming with anticipation to hear about their first day experiences, expressing his joy at having his family with him in their new abode.
A Stellar Performance
Endo had exciting news to share with his family, having marked his first start at Anfield with a remarkable performance, arguably his best since joining Liverpool six weeks ago from Bundesliga side Stuttgart for £16 million. His pivotal role in the 3-1 triumph over Leicester City in the Carabao Cup marked a significant stride in his adaptation to Jurgen Klopp’s expectations.
The Left-Field Solution
Endo was acquired as a strategic solution, stepping in as a replacement for Fabinho. Klopp, who sees him as a “late bloomer,” had to persuade the club owners to deviate from their usual youth-centric transfer policy to secure the 30-year-old. Since signing his four-year contract, Endo has been striving to solidify his position in the team, with Klopp preferring Alexis Mac Allister in the holding role in recent Premier League games.
A Night to Remember
The match against Leicester was a golden opportunity for Endo to assert his worth, and he didn’t disappoint. He showcased his composure and intelligence on the ball, completing 90 per cent of his passes and making significant defensive contributions. “I enjoyed it immensely. I felt I showcased my true self,” he beamed, expressing his readiness to take on more Premier League games.
Learning on the Job
Endo, along with Ryan Gravenberch, is learning the ropes under Klopp’s regime, adapting to the heightened expectations and tactical nuances of playing for Liverpool. He is embracing the challenges and is excited to be part of Liverpool’s journey, contributing to their seven successive wins in all competitions.
A Promising Future
Endo’s involvement in Liverpool’s resurgence has been noteworthy. He played a crucial role in the build-up to Cody Gakpo’s equaliser and made significant defensive contributions. Klopp praised Endo’s dominance in the game, highlighting his frequent successful passes through the lines. The sight of Endo asserting his authority on the game is a promising sign for the challenges that lie ahead.