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Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool player will sign long-term contract

Published: Updated: 03:58, 26 Feb 2024
Wataru Endo was architect of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup win against Chelsea

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that the club's recent signing, Wataru Endo, is set to have a long and successful career with the Reds. This announcement comes after Endo's impressive performance in the Carabao Cup final where Liverpool triumphed over Chelsea.

Endo joined Liverpool from Stuttgart during the summer transfer window. His arrival was unexpected for many as Liverpool had been actively pursuing Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. However, both players chose to join Chelsea for a combined fee of approximately £163 million.

Despite costing only £16 million and being relatively unknown due to his age (30) and obscurity in European football circles, Endo has proven his worth on Merseyside. After settling into life in England, he has been displaying magnificent form on the pitch.

Endo dictated terms in midfield throughout the 120 minutes of play

In particular, his performance during 120 minutes of play in Liverpool’s 1-0 extra-time win over Chelsea at Wembley was exceptional. While Caicedo had to settle for a runners-up medal and Lavia was sidelined due to injury, it was Endo who shone brightly on this occasion.

Currently under contract until summer 2027 with Anfield-based club - Liverpool FC - it seems that there are big plans ahead for this Japanese international player. Despite Klopp leaving his managerial role at the end of this season; he expressed confidence that Endo will be an integral part of future strategies under new management.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said:

"A good development, huh? Yeah, I said it a couple of times we were lucky. We bring him in and obviously Wataru, I'm pretty sure in three [or] four years Wataru will sign another long-term contract at Liverpool just because he might be 30 or 31 on his passport but he's not. He's a machine. He is footballing-wise exceptional. His defensive brain is outstanding. He gives us a lot of freedom for a lot of things. Yeah, top development. Very helpful, very helpful."

Despite initial skepticism, Wataru Endo has proven to be a valuable asset for Liverpool FC. His recent performances have not only justified his signing but also hinted at a promising future with the club. As Liverpool manager prepares to pass on the managerial baton, he leaves behind a player who is likely to play an important role in shaping Liverpool's future successes.

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