Jurgen Klopp aims subtle dig at Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia after Liverpool announce Wataru Endo signing
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appeared to aim a subtle dig at Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia after the club announced Wataru Endo’s arrival.
On Friday the Reds announced the signing of Endo from Stuttgart for a fee in the region of £16.2million, subject to a work permit and international clearance.
Liverpool secured the 30-year-old Japan international to a four-year contract, after missing out on both Ecuador international Caicedo and Belgian midfielder Lavia to Chelsea.
Caicedo looked poised to join Liverpool after the club agreed a fee with Brighton, only for the defensive midfield to snub the Reds and move to Chelsea for a Premier League record £115million.
To add insult to injury long-time target Lavia also snubbed Klopp’s side for Chelsea, with the Blues confirming his move from Southampton to Stamford Bridge for £58million.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the clash against Bournemouth, Klopp said: “The transfer business is like that. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not.
“Last week was a tricky one. You can either stick with the problem or find a solution.”
As seen in the above video, Klopp added, perhaps as a dig at how the Caicedo deal collapsed: “I’m really happy we can announce an agreement [for Endo] with the club and the player, which is really cool.”
Endo, who is Japan captain and was skipper at Stuttgart, said on the move: "It feels amazing. 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.
"I think I can help this club defensively and I will have good organisation in the middle."
The 30-year-old arrival follows the exits of ex-Reds midfielders Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.