Wataru Endo ‘thought Liverpool had signed Moises Caicedo’ before £16m move

Confusion has evidently run riot through the Liverpool squad this transfer window, as the usually shrewd operators have struggled to get the necessary deals over the line for Jurgen Klopp. The Reds boss has been crying out for a defensive midfielder, following the surprise sales of skipper Jordan Henderson and Brazil international Fabinho.

And, following the acceptance of a British record £111million bid handed to Brighton for Moises Caicedo, it appears that many within the Liverpool camp thought the Ecuador international was poised to arrive imminently.

This view was held by newcomer Wataru Endo, who joined the club in a shock £16m switch from Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart last week.

The Japan international has now admitted that he did not envision his move to Merseyside happening, due to the fact he believed Caicedo to Anfield was rubber-stamped before the Brighton man instead chose to join Chelsea.

Endo was thrust into the action for his new club on Saturday against Bournemouth, after just one training session with the Reds. The 30-year-old was handed a place on the bench for the match, but ended up making his debut after fellow summer signing Alexis Mac Allister was sent off in a straight dismissal.

After making a positive impact in what played out to be a 3-1 victory for Klopp’s side, Endo opened up on the confusion surrounding his switch to the Premier League.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “I only found out three or four days ago there was a chance.

“It was so so quick. At the beginning of the week I was getting ready to play in the Bundesliga, at the end of the week I am playing here at Anfield in front of all these fans, it is crazy.”

Endo admitted that his initial hopes of wearing the famous red shirt were cast aside by the belief that Caicedo was set to complete an eye-watering move worth over £100m.

He added: “To be honest I followed Liverpool’s news, that they wanted midfielders they wanted a number six, but yeah – I thought Caicedo had gone to Liverpool… So when he went to Chelsea I just thought, maybe, maybe.

“I thought maybe they needed experienced midfielders or something like that, because Henderson had moved, and also Fabinho had moved to another club, so I thought there may be a chance.

“It happened so quickly. I had to decide so fast, but actually I couldn’t say no, because to play in the Premier League was always my dream.”

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For years Liverpool and their FSG owners have had a strict policy of only recruiting younger, potential-laden players, usually below the age of 25.

With Endo, however, it was very much a case of needs must. And this is something the experienced star is acutely aware of.

“I understand top clubs want young talent, but you know I just try to (say to myself) ‘this is the only chance you can move to Liverpool’, because they always try to get younger players,” he added.

The Reds now have four points from a possible six this season, and return to action on Sunday when a visit to St James Park sees Klopp and Co. take on Newcastle.

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