Klopp Praises Endo’s Prowess Ahead of Asia Cup Departure
In a recent masterclass at Burnley, Liverpool’s midfield dynamo Wataru Endo earned high praise from manager Jurgen Klopp. As the Reds clinched a crucial 2-0 victory, Endo’s contribution was pivotal, especially in light of Alexis Mac Allister’s absence due to injury. Despite a gradual integration following his move from Stuttgart, the 30-year-old has become a linchpin in Liverpool’s strategy.
However, as Endo prepares to depart for the prestigious Asia Cup with Japan, his newfound form brings a bittersweet note to Klopp’s plans. The tournament, culminating in February, means Liverpool must navigate crucial fixtures without their midfield stalwart.
Liverpool’s Midfield Maestro Wataru Endo Shines in Premier League
Klopp expressed his admiration and slight regret, noting Endo’s significant impact and the unfortunate timing of his departure.
Klopp said: “I loved his game, I have to say. It’s a bit of a shame he’s found his feet and now he goes to the Asia Cup. That’s how it is. It’s fine.
“What a boy. What a player. Very important, but in January we have to play more or less without him. But against Newcastle he is still here. Then the boys leave and then we have to find another way and we will.
“For the moment, I am really happy for him. It took him a little bit to really show how good he really is, but now we can see it. I’m really happy about it.”
In a game that saw Liverpool rotate their squad, with young talent Jarell Quansah making an impression, Klopp’s strategy demonstrated the depth and versatility of his team. The Reds’ boss lauded Quansah’s performance, highlighting the importance of every player in the squad as they navigate a dense fixture list. The manager added: “It was top. Really good. We have so many games and Jarell is a fixed part of this first (team). With the amount of games we play there are not line-ups, as long as they are all fit one will start and the other will not.
“He did really well. He is a good footballer, which was really helpful. It helps him a lot to play next to Virg. He can play with Ibou (Konate) as well, but Virg is a step up in leadership I would say, which helps for sure. It was a good performance, I liked it a lot.
As Liverpool continue their campaign, the focus shifts to how they’ll adapt without Endo’s influence in midfield. With Klopp at the helm, the team looks to maintain momentum and continue their push for Premier League glory.