The latest report confirms Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had to personally convince club owners FSG to sign midfielder Wataru Endo from VfB Stuttgart.
The Merseysiders successfully completed their midfield rebuild in this summer transfer window. And the club signed a total of four midfielders to do so.
However, among all those signings the most unexpected one was Wataru Endo’s transfer from German side VfB Stuttgart.
The 30-year-old midfielder had a decent start to his career at Anfield. The Japanese international made his debut against Bournemouth in a comfortable 3-1 victory.
He got his first start for the Reds against Newcastle United in an emphatic 2-1 victory in which the team made an unimaginable comeback.
After the send-off of Virgil Van Dijk, it would have been a perfect time for Endo to shine on the pitch. But he fell short to impress and Klopp had to substitute him.
However, the latest report regarding the signing of the Japan international is quite shocking.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had to convince FSG to sign Wataru Endo
According to the latest report via The Athletic, the manager had to personally convince the club owner to sign Endo.
The report states that Klopp convinced FSG to offer a £16.2M fee and a four-year contract to the former Stuttgart captain.
The Reds had recently missed out on signing both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. So it was high time to sign a defensive midfielder.
And even though FSG does not sign old players for business purposes, Endo’s profile was quite remarkable and attracted Klopp.
The 30-year-old has quite the experience of European football and international football. Klopp must have some plans as he forced this signing.
Even though he might not be the best asset on the field, his experience in this young Liverpool midfield could actually prove to be much more effective.