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Not Klopp, the unknown that has been the key to Endo's great success

Japanese is the star of the Reds' midfield

By Charles Cornwall

 Klopp and Endo happy
Klopp and Endo happy
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Despite captain Virgil van Dijk or goalkeeper Kaoimhin Kelleher taking most of the spotlight after the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, one of the hidden protagonists at Wembley was Japan's Wataru Endo, a midfielder who far outperformed his rivals and managed to give the group the stability they needed in a squad severely reduced by injuries.

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The great level of play that the Japanese player has is not only due to his continuity in matches with the Reds or for his excellent performance with the Japan national team a few weeks ago, and is that, within all this great problem of injured players, Endo has been able to maintain a spectacular physical form that allows him not to be so susceptible to these problems, having a secret in it that during the final was exposed.

The X account of @BenBocsak has shared a unique image of the Japanese midfielder's celebrations, with Endo being observed celebrating by holding the trophy along with masseur and therapist Motonoti Watanabe who is also Japanese, an element that has more history with the club as his arrival of this doctor dates back to 2018.

It is true that some people may hold him responsible for some physical situations that have happened with some players, but throughout these last two seasons, Motonoti has been one of the elements of Klopp's coaching staff most demanded, helping in this campaign so that men like Endo do not suffer from major injuries that weaken the group.

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Endo is the figurehead the Reds need

After several months of belonging to the club, Endo has completely erased those doubts that the fans had about his level of play, demonstrating that even without Mac Allister or Szoboszlai, he can be a great leader of the midfield, providing the defensive balance that the club must have on many occasions.