Dominik Szoboszlai, who signed with Liverpool from RB Leipzig for a Hungarian transfer record of 70 million euros, was given a half-time start in the English team’s first summer pre-season game against German second division side Karlsruhe, reports Nemzeti Sport.
The paper’s on-the-spot report said that a Liverpool fan was asked what he expected from the Hungarian player. As he said, he thinks Dominik Szoboszlai is a brilliant signing, he does not feel that the €70 million transfer price is too much, because his style fits the star English team. The fan added that even if the player is only really mature in three years, when he is 25 or 26, it was still worth signing him.
The paper also met a German lad from the area who was wearing a Szoboszlai jersey. They asked him why he had bought the shirt of the new player.
It is because I think he is going to be one of the best on the team. I understand the club’s management did not spare the money for him. Although at first sight the seventy million euros paid for him seemed a lot, the deal could pay off.
In Leipzig, he proved that he can beat Liverpool’s level, and if he gives his best, he can become a leading light. A player of his caliber is much needed in midfield, and I am confident that he and Alexis Mac Allister will make a formidable partnership.”
Szoboszlai initially featured on the left side of the midfield line ahead of Andrew Robertson and behind Luis Díaz. His play was disciplined, keeping his position between Robertson and Díaz, moving back frequently to retrieve the ball, trying to get between the defensive line and the midfield line as often as possible, and also doing his bit in the tackle, holding onto the ball when he felt he could cause a disturbance.
After the break, the Hungarian footballer was playing as a right-sided midfielder, swapping places with Bobby Clark and playing behind Mohamed Salah. His play showed that he was getting bolder as time went on, and his 40-meter cross towards the end of the half was pinpoint.
Speaking to Nemzeti Sport after the game,
Szoboszlai said that he felt comfortable in his position on both the left and right side of midfield and that all that mattered to him was to be on the pitch and give his maximum.
Asked how it was working with Jürgen Klopp, the footballer said it was excellent. “I consider him one of the best coaches in the world, he can fire up the players, he has a great influence on me. He is easy to adapt his ideas, if something does not work he changes it smoothly. Based on my experience so far, we are in for a good season and big challenges.”
Meanwhile, another Hungarian player looks set to continue his career in the English Premier League.
The Hungarian-Serbian player has been the subject of serious interest from Portuguese side Benfica and Italian side Lazio, with Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently tweeting that Kerkez is heading to Lazio. However, after a hijack, it now looks like Bournemouth will be the frontrunner. According to Ollie Windsor, a reporter for regional radio station Forest FM in southwest England, the club agreed to a four-year deal with the 19-year-old.
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