Having made the summer switch to Anfield, Japan captain Wataru Endō has opened up on his move to Liverpool and how the deal came about after spending three years at Stuttgart. The 30-year-old midfielder admitted that he was left "surprised" by his $21m (£16m/€19m) transfer to Liverpool.

Endō became Liverpool's third summer signing in mid-August following the departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to Saudi Arabia. He signed a four-year deal with the club and made his debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth. A week later, he made his first start as Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-1. So far, Endō has made 11 appearances for Liverpool, scoring one goal in the Europa League against Toulouse.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Endō revealed that he didn't expect to join Liverpool. He thought he still had a chance to talk to a team but was surprised when the opportunity with Liverpool came along. He expressed his desire to move but was uncertain due to it being the end of August. However, he was eventually given the chance to join the Reds.

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"I thought I still had the chance to talk to a team. I'm not young but all of the top teams can sign youngsters in the first position but if they didn't get the chance to sign the young players maybe they want experienced players.

"That's what I was thinking in the summer, and that actually happened. I was a bit surprised. I really wanted to move but it was the end of August and I was like, maybe I don't get the chance. I was a bit surprised."

Having played in the Bundesliga at Stuttgart for the past three years, Endō highlighted the key differences between the German top flight and the Premier League. He emphasized that everything is different in terms of physicality, technique, and speed in the Premier League. Despite not playing many games in the league, Endō found the match against Newcastle to be particularly tough due to the high speed and intensity of play.

Liverpool's next game is against Luton on Sunday as it aims to secure its fifth successive victory in all competitions. Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, expressed his excitement about the upcoming match and the opportunity to visit Kenilworth Road, a ground he hasn't been to before.

Liverpool.com says: It is no surprise that Endō found the step up large, but he has done well so far when called upon. As a squad option, he is a reliable second choice to Alexis Mac Allister.


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