A surprise signing from Stuttgart, there have been reservations over Endo since his £16 million move to Merseyside towards the end of the summer.
On his first start at Anfield, Endo was heavily involved throughout, with more defensive actions than any other Liverpool player (10), per FotMob, and the most aerial duels won from either side (three).
— ?? ? (Wataru Endo) (@wataru0209) September 27, 2023
It was a display that may have changed perceptions over Endo’s start to life at Anfield, but the 30-year-old was reserved in his assessment.
“Next round [reached]. I’m happy to play in my first starting 11 at Anfield!” the midfielder wrote on Twitter.
“I will keep trying.”
His final four words are characteristic of the hard-working player he was lauded as by Bundesliga experts upon his switch from Germany.
It is an attitude that should stand him in good stead as he begins life on Merseyside, with fierce competition for places in Jurgen Klopp‘s new-look midfield.
While Alexis Mac Allister is firmly in place as first-choice No. 6, with Liverpool fighting on four fronts this season, more rotation can be expected.
On the basis of his first full 90 minutes at Anfield, there should be no concerns if he does so.