Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has new reason to be excited after the international break

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be happy with one international star when he returns to Anfield.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a new star in his midfield after Wataru Endo shone for Japan in their shock thrashing of Germany on Saturday.

Japan stunned the Germans with a 4-1 victory in Wolfsburg, their biggest defeat since England defeated them 5-1.

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And Liverpool star Endo played a huge role in Japan’s historic triumph. The former Stuttgart player has been the least glamorous player in Klopp’s midfield this summer, but could now play an important role.

With his tenacity and ability to repel attacks, Endo was reminiscent of Fabinho and played in a deep midfield. His performance allowed forward-thinking midfielders such as Daichi Kamada and Junya Ito to flourish.

An action-packed performance made Endo something very special in the Volkswagen Arena. The 30-year-old won the most duels (four) and the most tackles (seven), but was also the most fouling player (three) on the pitch.

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Liverpool star Wataru Endo produced an excellent performance for Japan against Germany.

Two interceptions and six ball recoveries prevented Germany from overtaking the Japanese midfield. These qualities will come in handy in Liverpool’s biggest games of the season.

It’s the kind of performance that made Fabinho successful on Merseyside. Experienced Wataru can hope to make a similar impact ahead of his surprise move to Al-Ittihad this summer.

Liverpool paid just £16m to lure Endo from Stuttgart, where he signed in 2020. He previously had a traveling career in Belgium and Japan.

A late bloomer, when Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019, Sint-Truiden d’Endo had just finished 7th in the 16-team Belgian top flight.

It was Klopp who identified Endo as a potentially cheap replacement for Fabinho. And the German – who was in Mainz this weekend to watch his former club’s friendly against Duisburg – will receive extremely positive feedback on his international performance.

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Endo may not have been the most attractive signing for Liverpool this summer.

Almost £70 million was spent on Dominik Szoboszlai, while £35 million was spent on Alexis Mac Allister. The latter was employed in a deeper role before Endo’s arrival.

The Japan international has renewed competition from signing Ryan Gravenberch on deadline day. The former Ajax star has been signed from Bayern Munich for £34m but is yet to make his debut.

But it could be Endo who is selected for the midfielder role in Liverpool’s biggest games. His performance against Germany should prove to Klopp that he can help the head coach revive the Reds’ Premier League hopes.

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