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Liverpool Confirm Signing of Japan Captain Wataru Endo From Stuttgart

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Liverpool have officially announced the signing of Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo from Bundesliga club Stuttgart, subject to a work permit and international clearance.

 

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The 30-year-old has signed a four-year contract to keep him at Anfield until 2027, in a deal worth up to £21 million including bonuses.

Liverpool Confirm Signing of Japan Captain Wataru

Liverpool Confirm Signing of Japan Captain Wataru

Endo arrives after Liverpool’s failed attempts to sign Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, who both joined Premier League rivals Chelsea instead.

 

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The experienced Japan international follows Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai into Liverpool this window as part of the club’s midfield rebuild. The departures of captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia necessitated the signings.

 

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Endo has captained both Stuttgart and the Japanese national team. His leadership qualities will complement Liverpool’s existing group of national team captains like Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool Confirm Signing of Japan Captain Watar

Liverpool Confirm Signing of Japan Captain Watar

“I’m really happy. Wataru is a really good player,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “Experienced player, captain of Stuttgart, captain of Japan, speaks good English, nice fella, family man, machine on the pitch, good footballer on top of that, sensational attitude. So, I’m really happy.”

 

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Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor commented: “Endo will be a much-needed influence in the Liverpool engine room. He’s able to play the holding role and at center half, but he’s ostensibly a central midfielder.”

 

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The 50-cap international has been a regular in Stuttgart’s midfield over the past three Bundesliga seasons. Although now 30 years old, Endo ranked among the league’s top midfielders last season for ball recoveries, passing and tackling.

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