Wataru Endo: Liverpool’s Midfield Maestro on Newcastle Triumph and Asian Cup Ambitions
Midfield Marvel: Endo’s Commanding Performance Against Newcastle
Wataru Endo, Liverpool’s midfield dynamo, recently capped off his club commitments with a stellar showing in the Reds’ emphatic 4-2 victory over Newcastle United at the hallowed grounds of Anfield. This display of skill and tenacity was a fitting curtain call before his departure to international duty.
Balancing Club and Country: Endo’s Mixed Emotions
As Endo prepares to join the Japan national squad, with aspirations of leading them to glory in the upcoming Asian Cup in Qatar, he reflects on his journey. Having become an integral part of Jürgen Klopp’s squad since his summer transfer from VfB Stuttgart, Endo expresses a bittersweet sentiment. His excitement for the national duty is tempered by the disappointment of missing key matches for Liverpool, including the crucial Carabao Cup semi-finals against Fulham.
In an exclusive interview with the official Liverpool FC website, Endo shared, “Yes, a little bit actually. But you know I need to play for my national team as well. But I think the last few games I’ve played for this club, I have shown why I am here, so I go to Qatar, hopefully get a good result and then come back here.”
Liverpool’s Premier Position: Endo’s Contributions
Endo’s temporary exit sees Liverpool perched at the top of the Premier League, a clear three points ahead of Aston Villa, buoyed by their New Year’s Day triumph against Newcastle. “It was a huge win for us and a good start for 2024,” he commented. Endo highlighted the physicality of the Newcastle team and how he was primed to combat it.
Anfield’s Atmosphere: Endo’s Enjoyment
Endo’s affinity for playing at Anfield, amidst the fervent Liverpool supporters, is palpable. He stated, “I’m really enjoying playing football in front of the Liverpool fans at Anfield. I just try to do my best in every game and I’m so happy to be here. We are feeling great but this is just the start of the new year, so we have to stay focused and just try to get ready for every game coming.”