Pundit Names Wataru Endo and One Other Player as Two Bad Signings Jurgen Klopp Made for Liverpool

Liverpool’s summer transfer dealings in 2023 have significantly bolstered their standing in the race for the Premier League title. Following a disappointing season where they fell behind, the acquisition of four key players has revitalised their prospects.

Among the notable signings, Alexis Mac Allister has emerged as a standout performer, garnering private acclaim within Liverpool for his impactful contributions. Despite occasional struggles, Ryan Gravenberch is still viewed as possessing immense potential by the club.

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In addition to Mac Allister and Gravenberch, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo have also been commended for their seamless integration into the squad. Endo, in particular, has exceeded expectations, proving to be a shrewd addition to the team.

Despite the overall positive reception to Liverpool’s summer signings, dissenting voices have emerged. Eamon Dunphy, speaking on The Stand podcast, has criticised Jurgen Klopp’s decisions regarding the acquisitions of Szoboszlai and Endo, labeling them as mistakes.

“They found some very good young players John, I mean Elliott who came on and actually put them in front in extra-time, 3-2, superb player and they have found some players,” Dunphy said, referring to Liverpool’s extra-time loss against Manchester United on Sunday.

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“I think he’s bought badly with Szoboszlai and Endo,” he added. “Now, Endo only cost £14m and he looks like a guy who cost £14m. Szoboszlai, no way.”

Rating Szoboszlai and Endo Signings

Dunphy’s critique appears unduly severe. Despite his claims of Liverpool’s underwhelming signings, the team’s performance has markedly improved from last season’s struggles.

Dunphy’s claim regarding Endo’s cost is inaccurate. The Japan captain’s price tag was £16m, as widely documented. Moreover, Endo’s on-field contributions have often surpassed his valuation.

Endo’s standout performance against Manchester City exemplifies his potential value, potentially transcending his £16m price tag. Few players in that price range could dominate City’s midfield as Endo did.

While injuries may have impacted Endo’s form recently, Szoboszlai’s overall contribution to Liverpool has been significant. As the team’s top presser in the Premier League this season, Szoboszlai embodies the qualities desired by Klopp.

Despite Dunphy’s critique, the merits of his argument remain elusive. It’s possible he aimed to reshape the narrative following Liverpool’s disappointing FA Cup loss. Nevertheless, his point lacks substance and appears inconsequential.

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