Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who was expected to play regularly as an anchor man this season, left Liverpool, where he had been since 2018, in favor of a new career in Saudi Arabia, and the club continued to target defensive midfielders.
Liverpool missed out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, but someone had to be recruited, and surprise reinforcements were made as a wide variety of midfielders’ names hit the media. They signed Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo, who is unbeatable in duels in the Bundesliga.
Following Thiago Alcantara a few years ago, they welcomed a veteran player to their team, and behind the scenes, they also had a chance to acquire a midfielder who played a major role in the World Cup in Qatar. However, Liverpool preferred the Japan captain instead of Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Moroccan midfielder, who has developed into one of Fiorentina’s best defensive midfielders, has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, but has made no move to the Premier League at this time.
The 27-year-old midfielder, whose performance at the World Cup in Qatar made him the subject of interest of many powerful clubs, has been the subject of rumors this winter, but no move has materialized. However, this winter, too, only rumors prevailed, and no transfer was made.
If the reports are true, Liverpool has completed the right reinforcements. The Japanese midfielder, with his captaincy and mobility to run up front, would fit in well with Klopp’s preference for a Gegenpress style of soccer.
The Fiorentina midfielder, on the other hand, is the type of player who shows his best ability when defending from the back, as he did for the Moroccan national team. It remains to be seen how well he will fare in the Premier League, where the game develops much more quickly than in Serie A.
Of course, we don’t know how far Endo will be able to go either, but for now, there is no doubt that Klopp has a good eye for him…