Liverpool pulled off a ‘steal’ for ‘insane’ star pundit believes is an ‘absolute leader’

Ciaran McCarthy
Wataru Endo, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, August 2023
Wataru Endo listening to instruction from Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah

Owen Hargreaves believes Liverpool have got “a bit of a steal” by signing “absolute leader” Wataru Endo for £16million, and he’s got an “insane” attribute in his game.

The Reds have made three signings so far this summer. Every one of them has been a midfielder, each being necessary additions after five midfielders left permanently in this window.

That starters Fabinho and Jordan Henderson moved away meant some talented midfielders were needed to take their place. The Reds hope Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Endo can do so.

Endo is the latest player to sign, after Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo both opted to move to Chelsea instead of making a switch to Anfield.

Former Premier League midfielder Hargreaves has heaped praise on the 30-year-old midfielder following his move.

“Out of possession he is brilliant, in terms of pressing the ball. He’s amazing in the air considering he’s only 5′ 10″, honestly. His vertical, it’s insane,” he said on Optus Sports.

In fact, Hargreaves believes Liverpool have got a bargain in signing the ex-Stuttgart captain, who will bring with him leadership qualities.

“He was captain of Stuttgart, captain of his country. An absolute leader. He cost €20m (£16m) because he’s 30 years old and had one year left [on his contract], but I think they’ve got a bit of a steal there,” Hargreaves added.

It remains to be seen how effective he is, but it’ll be all the more sweet for Liverpool if he does have an impact considering what they could have paid for other players they were courting.

Indeed, they agreed upon a £110million move for Caicedo, before lodging a bid of £60million for Lavia; both bids were above the respective players’ asking prices.

That they didn’t manage to sign either of those players and instead got Endo for just £16million means there’s still money in the bank to make further improvements this summer.

That’s what Jurgen Klopp is trying to do, and he’s still looking to the midfield, having lost more players from that area than he’s signed so far.

It’s reported Liverpool are ‘very close’ to agreeing to sign Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

He’s likely to cost in the region of £25million if that deal does go through, so there’s still a good chunk of what they were looking to pay for other targets left.

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