Hungarian football sensation Dominik Szoboszlai has joined the 2022 Premier League champions Liverpool. The former RB Leipzig player has decided to part ways with the German club after the English club triggered his release clause worth £60 million ($76 million). The midfielder has signed a five-year contract.
“The last three or four days went really long; it was not that easy. But at the end I’m here, I’m happy and I can’t wait to get started,” Szoboszlai told Liverpool’s website. He further added, “A really historic club, really good players, good coach, everything is good. For me it was perfect to make the next step in a club like this.”
Szoboszlai will follow in the footsteps of his idol Steven Gerrard by wearing the number eight shirt. Upon announcing the news, the midfielder stated, “Of course it’s a great number, a lot of great players had this number and also I have a tattoo from Steven Gerrard, what he said (the quote is ‘Talent is a divine blessing, but without incredible will and humility, it is worth nothing’) so it was also a reason why.
Szoboszlai further added, “When I was a child, to be honest I didn’t watch that much football but of course when it was Champions League or a big game, I was watching Liverpool, the big teams and also the big players – and he was one of the biggest.”
Szoboszlai is Liverpool’s second summer signing to reinforce their midfield, following the £35m arrival of Argentine Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. Last season, the Premier League club witnessed a downfall as many of their superstars were either injured or left for other clubs.