Jurgen Klopp has warned against making early judgements on Wataru Endo after the midfielder excelled in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Leicester on Wednesday.
The Japan captain started his first game at Anfield in the midweek win over the Foxes in the Carabao Cup and marked it with an assist for Dominik Szoboszlai's thunderbolt that made it 2-1 on the night.
Endo joined the Reds just days before he was asked to play as a second-half substitute with 10 men in the victory over Bournemouth in August before his first start the following week at Newcastle was also played for majority with a man less after Virgil van Dijk's sending-off.
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With the whirlwind nature of his arrival and the circumstances beyond Endo's control since on the pitch, Klopp said he was pleased but not surprised to see the 30-year-old give a better indication about what he will be able to offer for the long term against Leicester.
"It was not a surprise because that is how he is training, I said that before, he is already there in training," Klopp said. "I was not too happy with the way I described the situation [previously] and if you are not native that makes it pretty difficult, even if you think I am eight years in, I should be able to speak better English.
"But some people have the personality of getting into something and taking everything and others get in and look left or right first, and that is just your character, but both can succeed.
"It is just a different timescale and now we have two new players in Dom and Macca (Alexis MacRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk