How Liverpool will line up with £20million signing – Klopp XI Paisley Gates

How Liverpool will line up with £20million signing – Klopp XI

A few hours ago, Liverpool sealed the signing of Wataru Endo from Stuttgart in a deal worth £20million (The Mirror) and he will be wearing the No.3 shirt at Anfield.

The Japanese international can play in multiple defensive and midfield positions but the question is, how Liverpool will line up with him in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI?

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The 30-year-old has proved to be effective in the central defense and the creative midfield roles but he prefers to be the main holding midfield star.

After signing for the Merseysiders, Endo stated:

“I play as a No.6 and I’m like a bit more [of a] defensive player. I think I can help this club defensively and I will have good organization in the middle. I think that’s my job. I am very excited to join this club and I am looking forward to seeing you at Anfield!”

Having already signed two creative CMs in Mac Allister and Szoboszlai and sold two defense minded midfielders in Henderson and Fabinho, it is clear Endo is lured to play in the DM role.

Stuttgart bid farewell to their captain claiming he is a tireless star who proved to be one of the best tacklers and hardest working players in the Bundesliga.

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In the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns, no one won more challenges than Wataru Endo in the German league.

We can expect the Asian star to start with Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in the center of the park in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Here is how Liverpool will line up with their new £20million signing.

£70m midfielder genuinely thought he might’ve been joining Liverpool on Wednesday

Liverpool’s hunt for a new midfielder has really stepped up a gear this week.

The Reds have just signed Wataru Endo, and now, they’re seemingly also closing in on the signing of Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.

Gravenberch and Endo may well be the two that Liverpool bring in, but at differing times during this window, other options have looked viable.

One man who has been linked to the Reds rather heavily is Cheick Doucoure, and, once again, this week, those rumours cropped up.

According to Miguel Delaney, writing in his newsletter for The Independent, Doucoure genuinely thought that a move to Anfield was possible on Wednesday.

However, with Endo signed up and Gravenberch potentially set to follow, this move is now looking less and less likely.

Doucoure thought he could get his move

Delaney shared what he knows about Doucoure.

“Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure thought a move may be possible on Wednesday. The London club have already sold a lot of talent this summer, with more to go. Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat is being considered, but he has already been persuaded by interest from Manchester United – which is admittedly dependent on a sale,” Delaney wrote.

Liverpool are noted fans of Doucoure, but the reality is that he’s been priced out of this move.

The Malian has had a pricetag of £70m attached to him by Palace, and, in all honesty, no club in their right mind is paying that much for Doucoure.

Yes, he’s a talent, but he didn’t exactly pull up any trees in the Premier League last season. The £70m pricetag was very much a deterrent and it looks to have worked.

Crystal Palace don’t want to lose any more star players this summer, and it looks as though they may well have swatted Liverpool away here.

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