LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2023: Liverpool's Wataru Endo during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wataru Endo IN Liverpool squad to face Bournemouth

New signing Wataru Endo is in the Liverpool squad to face Bournemouth at Anfield this afternoon.

The Japan international completed his move to Merseyside on Friday, but despite being registered in time with the Premier League, Liverpool faced a wait on whether Wataru’s work permit would arrive in time.

But the club have now confirmed Endo has received clearance and will be part of the matchday squad.

It remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old will start against Bournemouth, with team news to be confirmed at 2pm, but he is expected to be named on the bench.

Alexis Mac Allister is more likely to continue in the deep midfield role, though Jurgen Klopp will be keen to hand his new No. 3 a debut.

Liverpool are expected to be further boosted by the return to the squad of Stefan Bajcetic.

Speaking on Endo’s switch from Stuttgart on Friday, Klopp insisted there would “not be a physical problem” with throwing him straight in.

“He’s in a good shape,” the manager said.

“Of course we need to figure out how quick can we put him in, but it will not be a physical problem, let me say it like that.

“And the rest, he should play here the position he played for Stuttgart, so there’s not a massive difference.

“Yes, of course, we do things slightly differently but in the end it would be cool if he could win challenges and pass the ball from A to B.”

Liverpool paid around £16 million to sign Endo, following the arrivals of Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai earlier in the summer.

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