How Wataru Endo has fared against Bundesliga midfielders since the start of the 2020/21 season

Wataru Endo’s statistics make for a good read

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Liverpool are closing in on a deal worth a reported £18 million for defensive midfielder Wataru Endo.

The Japanese native has a lot of international experience, representing his nation on 50 occasions and scoring 2 goals.

He is also a versatile player that is able to play in midfield as well as centre-back, which will help with Liverpool’s depth at the back as well.

The 30-year-old has spent the last few of seasons playing for VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and has seemingly flown under the radar when one examines his underlying numbers and statistics.

All statistics have been sourced from Squawka. Endo statistics are being compared to all Bundesliga midfielders since 2020/21.

Endo is a valuable defensive asset for any team. The Japanese international has won possession the most in the defensive third (254) and has won the most aerial duels (219).

His most clearances (175) and most headed clearances (105) mean that he has natural defensive instincts, highlighting someone who doesn’t shy away from physical duels and defensive duties.

Endo also has strengths in possession as well. The 30-year-old comes in at second for most touches (6511) and most passes completed (3940).

This reveals that he is comfortable with the ball, always making himself available for a pass, and not shying away from his responsibility to keep the team ticking.

The Stuttgart midfielder also ranks second for possession won in middle final third (404) and second in tackles (208).

This shows he is a presser; he is capable of winning the ball high up the pitch for his team. His passing and touch-ratio show he is involved in all parts of play and is a real ‘all-rounder’ in that sense.

Klopp is going to be getting a player who enjoys defending and winning the ball back. However, he is also getting a player that is comfortable on the ball and does not shy away from his in-possession responsibilities.

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