Caicedo snub not Endo world as Reds swoop for Wataru
Liverpool have completed the signing of experienced midfielder Wataru Endo from Stuttgart on a long-term contract.
The Reds have been in the market for a new addition in the middle of the park after former captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho departed for Saudi Arabia last month.
On his move to Anfield, Endo said: "I'm very happy right now and I'm so excited to join a big club in Liverpool.
"It feels amazing and this is my dream. It's always [been] a dream to play [in the] Premier League and with one of the biggest clubs in the world. It's a dream come true for me.
"It's going to be the first time for me that I play at Anfield. I can't wait to play at Anfield in front of Liverpool fans.
"I play as a No6 and I'm like a bit more [of a] defensive player. I think I can help this club defensively and I will have good organisation in the middle. I think that's my job.
"I am very excited to join this club and I am looking forward to seeing you at Anfield!"
Liverpool boss Klopp added: "I'm really happy. Wataru is a really good player. I know in this world of football how it goes and stuff like this, but have a look, have a look, because he's a really good player.
"Experienced player, captain of Stuttgart, captain of Japan, speaks good English, nice fella, family man, machine on the pitch, good footballer on top of that, sensational attitude.
"So, I'm really happy. He's a good footballer, very experienced and loves to work extremely hard."
Klopp's side were in the race for both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, only to lose out to Premier League rivals Chelsea on each occasion.
Endo, 30, is an astute midfield acquisition for the Reds, though, and can also operate at centre-back if needed.
The 50-cap Japan international has been among the Bundesliga's top performers in recent seasons.
In 2022-23, he ranked ninth in the German top-flight for possessions won in the middle third and 15th for tackles completed.
Endo also showed off his ability to excel in attack, recording the 14th highest total of final third passes completed.