Wataru Endo achieved feat tonight unseen at Liverpool for 18 years

Wataru Endo hit a mark unseen at Liverpool for 18 years when he started for the Reds against Burnley on Boxing Day. Jurgen Klopp has put all his trust in the Japanese international.

Wataru Endo started for Liverpool at Burnley in their Boxing Day Premier League fixture. In doing so, he hit a mark unseen at the Reds for 18 years.

As Michael Reid pointed out on Twitter, Liverpool have just played their fifth game in 13 days. Endo is the sole player to have started every single one – a feat no player has matched since January 2006.

Back then, rotation wasn't quite as common as it was now. Thus there were actually several players to start five games in 13 days: Steven Finnan, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, Steven Gerrard, Harry Kewell and Peter Crouch.

No one did it since, however, as managers collectively cut back on the number of games players started. Endo has been an anomaly then.

Endo started slowly to life at Liverpool, with the Japan captain even appearing out of his depth in some of his early showings.

Klopp stuck with him, however, and the holding midfielder is now literally the most consistent part of the starting XI. Of course, a part of that is Endo being the sole holding midfielder in the squad with Stefan Bajcetic and Alexis Mac Allister still injured.

But it also shows just how much Klopp trusts the player. Endo actually went into the Burnley fixture one yellow card away from a suspension. The boss didn't just trust him to start – he played him for the full 90 minutes.

He never did pick up that yellow, either, and will be available to play against Newcastle United on New Year's Day. And the way things are going, everyone should probably expect him to start.

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