Since his high-profile £60 million transfer from RB Leipzig, Dominik Szoboszlai has quickly become a fan favorite among Liverpool supporters. The 22-year-old midfielder has seamlessly integrated into Jurgen Klopp’s squad, making an immediate impact and earning praise for his performances.
Szoboszlai has featured in all five of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season, playing the full 90 minutes on each occasion. He has already found the back of the net once, contributing to the team’s unbeaten start to the campaign. Many believe that Szoboszlai is an upgrade on Jordan Henderson in the right-sided midfield role, solidifying his position as a key player in Klopp’s plans.
Dominik Szoboszlai has contested 39 duels MORE in his first 5 Premier League games for Liverpool vs Jordan Henderson in the first 5 games last season.
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— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) September 17, 2023
With Henderson’s departure to the Saudi Pro League, where he now plays for an undisclosed club, Szoboszlai has seamlessly taken on the mantle left by the former Liverpool captain. Despite being 11 years Henderson’s junior, the Hungarian midfielder has made a remarkable impact.
One statistic that highlights Szoboszlai’s all-action style is his involvement in duels. In his first five starts for Liverpool, he has contested 50 duels, according to FotMob. This is 30 more duels than Henderson in his first five league starts last season. A duel is defined as a 50-50 contest between two players from opposing sides, encompassing tackles, dribbles, and aerial challenges.
Szoboszlai has won 24 of his duels, achieving a success rate of 48%. While Henderson had a higher success rate, winning 11 out of his attempted 20 duels with a success rate of 55%, the sheer number of duels Szoboszlai has been involved in demonstrates his influence on Liverpool’s intensity, which was lacking at times last season.
In the recent 2-1 victory against Newcastle, Szoboszlai engaged in a remarkable 20 duels, equaling Henderson’s total from last season’s matches against Fulham, Manchester United, Bournemouth, Newcastle, and Brighton combined.
The Hungarian midfielder has made an outstanding start to his Liverpool career, and there are high hopes for his continued development in the coming months. Liverpool supporters will be excited to see him progress as Henderson’s successor in midfield, and his all-action style and influence on the team’s intensity bode well for the future. Szoboszlai has the potential to become a key figure at Anfield and continue Liverpool’s tradition of exceptional midfielders.