Dominik Szoboszlai scored his second goal for Liverpool in the third round of the English League Cup, as they beat Leicester City 3-1 to reach the last eight. The Hungarian footballer scored a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. His first goal was just a few weeks ago when the top-flight team came on against Aston Villa.
As Magyar Nemzet writes, Jürgen Klopp, the head coach of Liverpool, did not field his strongest team in the League Cup, leaving several key players out of the squad, and sending among others, Dominik Szoboszlai to the bench against English second division side Leicester.
Liverpool tested the visitors’ goalkeeper in the second minute, but there was no cause for celebration from the Anfield crowd.
Quite the opposite happened, as Leicester took the lead immediately from a quick counter-attack (0-1).
Despite Klopp’s side attempting fifteen shots on goal in the first half, Leicester City held on to their one-goal lead, therefore Liverpool was left with the task of turning the game around in the second half.
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Shortly after the break, the Reds were on the move. In the 48th minute, Cody Gakpo equalized for Liverpool (1-1). Just a few minutes later, Gakpo was millimeters away from scoring the leading goal, but the ball bounced off the top bar.
Klopp made his first substitution in the 65th minute. A huge cheer greeted arrivals Szoboszlai and Darwin Núnez. It did not take long for the crowd in Anfield Stadium to celebrate the Hungarian midfielder again:
in the 70th minute, Szoboszlai hit the target from 20 meters out and scored a goal that was a real eye-catcher (2-1).
Finnaly, Diogo Jota delivered the coup de grâce for Leicester: the Portuguese winger sent a beautiful goal into the bottom right corner of the net (3-1).
The football team’s website published Szoboszlai’s reaction to the hit: “It was very special. I don’t know if it was the best goal, I scored one of my best in the national team and also in Salzburg. But [it was] one of the best for sure.” He also touched on his excellent performance in Liverpool so far and noted that “I’m just doing my things, working hard and always ready to fight for the team, for the fans, for myself. And as I get many chances, I want to give back.”
Bournemouth were also up against a second division side, Stoke City, on Wednesday. After a 0-0 first half, Milos Kerkez scored two goals early in the second half to decide the match and the team qualified for the fourth round. The Hungarian left-back was on the pitch the whole time and once again gave a great performance.
Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Twitter/Liverpool FC