Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Japan midfielder Wataru Endo from Stuttgart, subject to a work permit and international clearance.
The 30-year-old Japan international has signed a four-year contract which will keep him at Anfield until 2027, in a deal worth up to £21m with bonuses.
Liverpool’s pursuit of Endo comes after unsuccessful attempts to sign Moises Caiceido and Romeo Lavia, both of whom have joined Chelsea.
Endo follows Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai into Anfield as part of the club’s midfield refresh following the departures of captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia.
Having captained both Stuttgart and Japan, Endo’s well-established leadership skills further bolster Liverpool’s crop of national team captains which includes Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Dominik Szoboszlai and Mohammed Salah.
“I’m really happy. Wataru is a really good player,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “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.”