After a frustrating summer in the transfer market, Liverpool boss Jurgen
Klopp has added to his defensive-midfield options with the capture of
Japan international Wataru Endo from Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
The 30-year-old was a key player for a Stuttgart side who struggled in
the Bundesliga, and Klopp will hope he can replace the likes of Fabinho
and Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool have wrapped up a deal to sign Wataru Endo from Stuttgart.
The Reds had been frustrated in their pursuit of defensive-midfield
options, and turned to Endo after failing to get deals over the line for
Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.
Japan international player Endo emerged as an option for Liverpool boss
Jurgen Klopp, and a deal was confirmed today.
Liverpool’s need for a defensive presence in midfield was heightened by
the departures of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in the
While a deal for Endo lacks the stardust of Chelsea’s £115 million
capture of Caicedo, the 30-year-old was seventh in the Bundesliga last
term in terms of distance covered.
He joined the German club from Belgian club Sint-Truiden – initially on
loan – in 2019 and emerged as a key presence for a side who struggled in
the lower reaches of the Bundesliga.
His move to Liverpool hands him the chance to challenge for honours
and compete in the UEFA Champions League.