Japan national team captain Wataru Endo had another disappointing outing for Liverpool.
The Reds fell 2-3 in their UEFA Europa League Group E fourth leg match of the 2023/24 season on Tuesday (July 10) at the Stade Municipal in Toulouse, France.
Liverpool fell behind in the 36th minute to Toulouse winger Aaron Gennem. They then conceded a second 13 minutes into the second half to Toulouse forward Tees Darlinga. The hosts responded with an own goal in the 29th minute, before conceding two minutes later through Toulouse’s Franck Magri in the 31st minute. Diogo Jota scored a late consolation goal in the 44th minute, but it wasn’t enough to turn the game around.
Endo formed a midfield alongside Alexis McAllister and Harvey Elliott. Endo was on the pitch for the first 45 minutes, but failed to make an impact. According to soccer stats site FotMob, Endo completed 97% of his passes, had one clearance, one interception, and won two aerial battles in 45 minutes against Toulouse. Endo was replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold at halftime.
Liverpool’s local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, didn’t have kind words for Endo either. “He wasn’t afraid to put his foot in, but was careless when he was cautioned before halftime and allowed a breakthrough at times,” the publication said of Endo against Toulouse. The Liverpool Echo gave Endo a five-star rating.
A former captain of German Bundesliga side Stuttgart, Endo joined Liverpool last summer for €20 million ($28.1 billion). Contrary to expectations, Endo has struggled to establish himself at Liverpool. This season, Endo has appeared in 12 official matches, but has mostly been given opportunities in the UEFA Europa League and League Cup. In the league, he has made six appearances, but only one start. 토토사이트
Endo’s breakthrough came on July 27, when he scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt in the third leg of the Europa League Group E match against Toulouse. It was thought that his form was slowly improving, but this game showed that he still has a long way to go.