May 19, 2024

Liverpool coach John Achterberg posts wordless message to Waturo Endo after Bournemouth game last night.

Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has suggested that Wataru Endo was ‘on fire’ against Bournemouth last night.

 

Endo made his fifth start for Liverpool at Dean Court, providing some experience in a midfield containing the youthful Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

 

 

The Japan captain was tidy and efficient for the majority of his performance, before being replaced on the hour mark. Following the game, Endo took to Instagram to share some photos from the evening. “Next round,” wrote the 30-year-old, with a tick emoji.

 

One of those in the comments was coach Achterberg, who is a regular supporter of the playing staff. No need for words on this occasion, the Dutchman simply posted two flame emojis for Endo to enjoy.

 

Endo settling in at Liverpool

 

It’s probably fair to say that Endo still hasn’t quite won Liverpool supporters over since his summer move from Stuttgart.

 

A player who many wouldn’t have been familiar with prior to the transfer, the Japanese has had to quickly get used to a big jump in quality.

 

At times, it has been obvious that Endo has been playing at a slightly lower level throughout his career.

 

This isn’t a 23 or 24-year-old taking the next step. This is a well-versed experienced pro who is having to readjust his whole game.

 

 

With all that in mind, you have to really take your hat off to Endo.

 

It would have been easy for him to stay at Stuttgart – where he was captain – and see out the next few seasons into his thirties.

 

Wataru Endo

But Endo is clearly made of sterner stuff. Having grasped the challenge of playing for Liverpool, he’s now finding his feet in the squad.

 

By now, it seems clear that Jurgen Klopp sees Wataru as essentially a back-up option. Nevertheless, he’s slowly starting to show that he can be trusted when given his chance.

 

The more games he plays, the more Endo will learn.

 

It might not have been the prettiest of nights last night, but as Achterberg acknowledges, it’s another step forward for our No.3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *