Liverpool FC have announced the signing of Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig, subject to a work permit. The 22-year-old becomes Liverpool’s second new addition of the summer transfer window, following Alexis Mac Allister’s arrival from Brighton. Szoboszlai, who has signed a five-year deal with Liverpool, arrives at Anfield after two-and-a-half years in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, where he made 91 appearances in all competitions.
Szoboszlai is confirmed to be Liverpool’s new No. 8, which is known as Steven Gerrard’s legendary jersey number. The Hungarian midfielder told reporters that he is delighted with the move and is looking forward to joining a “historical, top club”. He also expressed his excitement to play at Anfield and work with Liverpool’s “really good players” and “good coach”.
Szoboszlai, who helped Leipzig win the German Cup by scoring in their 2-0 win over Frankfurt, scored ten goals in 46 appearances across all competitions, also registering eight assists. With his versatility, he can play out wide as well as in the centre of the park, making him a valuable addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool have good relations with Leipzig after signing Naby Keita and Ibrahima Konate from them in recent years. The Reds triggered Szoboszlai’s release clause, which expired one night prior to his arrival at Anfield. The midfielder flew into Liverpool on a private plane on Saturday morning and underwent the first stage of tests ahead of signing his contract.
Liverpool finished outside of the Champions League places last season, and the signings of Szoboszlai and Mac Allister are aimed at strengthening a midfield that was below-par. While Szoboszlai might not be the last midfield signing for the Reds this summer, with the club being linked with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia and Nice’s Khephren Thuram.
Szoboszlai’s signing has generated excitement among Liverpool fans, and they will be eagerly waiting to see him in action at Anfield. With his talent, versatility and hunger to succeed, Szoboszlai has the potential to become a key player for Liverpool in the coming seasons.