Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch joined the club. All four are midfielders who occupy various positions in the central part of the pitch.
Liverpool had a major overhaul in the middle of the park last summer. A lot of players from the club left while they also made some noticeable additions. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch joined the club. All four are midfielders who occupy various positions in the central part of the pitch. These signings emphasised where Liverpool’s priorities remained in the last window.
The new arrivals also did not take long to settle in, as they hit the ground running instantly. One of the new Liverpool signings Wataru Endo spoke about the competition for places in the middle third of the pitch. He elaborated on the options the squad has in that department. “I think we have very good midfielders,” Endo, who completed his summer move to Liverpool from VfB Stuttgart, said in the official matchday programme.
He added: “It’s not only the four new players, we also have Curtis [Jones], Harvey [Elliott] – so many No.8 players! We also have sixes, Macca [Alexis Mac Allister] and I. Thiago is injured but he will come back, and Stefan [Bajcetic] is a No.6. We have very good midfielders, and we are teammates who play altogether. I have learned a lot of things from these players, and I can improve more. This is the most important thing that I have to do.”
Endo then spoke in particular about a fellow new arrival, Mac Allister. The Argentinian can play in a variety of positions in the middle third and already has a World Cup winner’s medal. “Macca is more offensive, but defensively he always tries to make it better. As he keeps playing, he gets very strong defensively. Also, I can learn a lot of things from him and I think it’s a good balance between me and Macca. He is still young, but he has already won the World Cup and has a very good mentality,” he explained.
The Japan international then went on to have his say on the huge number of goals Liverpool have been scoring this season. It is something he is not surprised at all. “Scoring a lot of goals is normal for Liverpool! We have very good attackers, and everyone works 100 per cent [in] every game, whether they start or not. You don’t only play the starting XI so it’s important that everybody is always ready for playing. We have a good squad,” he said.
Endo also expressed his gratitude to have a teammate like Mohamed Salah and praised him for his work rate on the training ground and the pitch. “I am so happy to have Mo as a teammate. He’s a very special player and is also a very kind person. He trains a lot and he will do everything to score. He can look like he is not playing well and then the next chance he will score. He has confidence and trains with the same mentality,” he explained.
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