Wataru Endo

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Postponement of Match Spurs Unexpected Return

Liverpool midfielder Wataru Endo is set to return to Merseyside earlier than expected from international duty with Japan. However, this return is not due to injury, much to the relief of Reds supporters. The 31-year-old’s early return follows the postponement of Japan’s scheduled World Cup qualifier against North Korea, which was supposed to take place on March 26.

Reason Behind Postponement& Venue Change

The postponement of the match came as a result of unforeseen circumstances, with North Korea requesting to move the fixture to a neutral venue due to what was described as “unavoidable circumstances.” This decision was made in consultation with FIFA and relevant stakeholders after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was informed by the DPR Korea Football Association about the need for a venue change.

Reports from North Korea suggested concerns over infectious diseases in Japan as one of the reasons behind the decision not to host the match in Pyongyang. Interestingly, Japan had previously defeated North Korea in another qualifier held in Tokyo, a match where Wataru Endo played only the last half-hour after being substituted in.

Wataru Endo

Endo: Google

Liverpool’s Perspective: Wataru Endo’s Early Return

From a Liverpool perspective, Endo‘s early return is positive news. He had been a consistent presence in Liverpool’s lineup, starting 16 of their last 17 fixtures across all competitions. Despite initial opportunities arising due to injuries, Endo managed to retain his place in the team’s midfield, even after the return of other players like Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.

This unexpected break provides Wataru Endo with a chance to recuperate and rest, which is crucial as Liverpool enters a crucial phase of the season. With intense fixtures ahead, including a match against Brighton & Hove Albion on March 31, having Endo back early allows him more time to recover from what has been a demanding period for the Japan captain.

Tactical Implications and Managerial Considerations

Wataru Endo’s absence from the remainder of Japan’s international duties means he can focus on regaining his peak fitness and form for Liverpool’s upcoming challenges. His return to the AXA Training Centre will be welcomed by the coaching staff as they prepare the team for the final stretch of the season.

While Wataru Endo’s early return is a relief for Liverpool, other players like Luis Diaz are also experiencing a less demanding international break. Diaz is staying within Europe with Colombia for their upcoming matches, ensuring minimal disruption to his club commitments.

Endo’s Winning Face: Google

The postponement of the Japan-North Korea fixture not only impacts Endo but also leaves Japan’s qualification campaign momentarily on hold. Despite their strong start in Group B, with three wins in three matches, the uncertainty surrounding future fixtures adds a level of complexity to their World Cup qualification journey.

As for Liverpool, they will be eager to maintain their momentum as they pursue success both domestically and in Europe. With Wataru Endo’s return and a relatively smooth international break for other players, the team can focus on their upcoming challenges with renewed determination.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will likely utilize this break to fine-tune tactics, address any lingering fitness concerns, and ensure the squad is mentally prepared for the challenges ahead. With the Premier League title race heating up and European aspirations still alive, every player’s fitness and availability will be crucial in Liverpool’s quest for silverware.

Endo: Liverpool FC


In conclusion, while the postponement of the Japan-North Korea fixture may have disrupted international plans, Liverpool can benefit from Wataru Endo’s early return. With a hectic schedule looming, having key players fresh and fully fit is paramount for the team’s success. As the season reaches its climax, Liverpool will be hoping to capitalize on this unexpected break and maintain their pursuit of glory on all fronts.

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By Jumana M M

Website writer for Liverpool FC Times

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