Wataru Endo has admitted that he has needed time to adjust to life with Liverpool.
The Japan captain was thrust into the squad against AFC Bournemouth less than a day after completing his £16.2m move Stuttgart before earning his first start against Newcastle United. He struggled at St James' Park in difficult circumstances as his first two appearances for the Reds were overshadowed by red cards for both Alexis Mac Allister and Virgil van Dijk.
But Jurgen Klopp has kept faith with Endo, who started in last night's Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City at Anfield. A difficult first half saw Liverpool enter the break behind. However, the midfielder produced a resurgent and commanding second-half performance to ensure the Foxes' breakaways - which resulted in their third-minute opener - were thwarted.
And in conversation after the game with the The Athletic, Endo spoke about his display and how he is adapting to life under Reds boss Klopp. "The system is different, the game is faster and my position here is a little bit higher than it was," the 30-year-old said.
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"The manager doesn’t want me to just stay in front of the defenders. I have to go higher and try to get the ball all the time.
"Here we have to win every game, but I don’t feel pressure as a result of that. I am humble, but I have the mentality that I’m here because they believe in me.
"It’s exciting to be a part of it. This is my dream and I’m enjoying it. We have done great so far."
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