MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, March 14, 2023: RB Leipzig players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and RB Leipzig at the City of Manchester Stadium. Man City won 7-0, 8-1 on aggregate. L-R Back row L-R: Willi Orbán, Josko Gvardiol, Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai, Emil Forsberg, goalkeeper Janis Blaswich. Front row L-R: Benjamin Henrichs, Amadou Haidara, Kevin Kampl, Timo Werner, David Raum. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

10 interesting facts about Dominik Szoboszlai – Hungary roots & injury record

With Liverpool unveiling their second signing of the summer, we’re bringing you all you need to know about Hungary’s Dominik Szoboszlai.

The 22-year-old has followed Alexis Mac Allister through the door as Jurgen Klopp continues to conduct surgery on his team and fans are getting very excited about the Reds’ new-look midfield.

It is fair to say that there are plenty of unknowns regarding Liverpool’s newest recruit, with the fast-moving nature of the deal meaning that supporters have had little time to conduct the usual research into the potential signing.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled 10 facts about Szoboszlai that you need to know ahead of his arrival.


1. A solid fitness record, ideal!

2R03B5T Freiburg Im Breisgau, Germany. 06th May, 2023. Soccer: Bundesliga, SC Freiburg - RB Leipzig, Matchday 31, Europa-Park Stadion. Leipzig's Dominik Szoboszlai cheers after the game. Credit: Tom Weller/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche FuBball Liga and the DFB Deutscher FuBball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series./dpa/Alamy Live News

Given Liverpool’s recent luck with injuries, fans will be delighted to hear that Szoboszlai has missed just one game through injury in the past two seasons.

The Hungarian picked up an ankle problem in November 2021 but has had a clean bill of health ever since.

Mac Allister has also only missed one game through injury over the last three seasons – fingers crossed it stays that way for both!


2. He knows where the goal is

The Reds have lacked goals from midfield for a number of years, but the 22-year-old’s arrival could rectify that.

Szoboszlai netted 10 times and provided 13 assists in all competitions for RB Leipzig last season, demonstrating that he is an adept set-piece taker who is certainly not shy of shooting from distance.


3. Footballing family

Szoboszlai’s father, Zsolt, was a former professional footballer himself who played for various clubs throughout Hungary before retiring in 2012.

He later became a coach, forming a youth team of his own called Akademie Fonix Gold FC in order to spend time working with his son as he learned the game.


4. Leading the way on an international stage

2PHGGY2 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MARCH 27: Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary reacts during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group B match between Hungary and Bulgaria at Puskas Arena on March 27, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.

As well as already boasting an impressive club career, Szoboszlai is an extremely popular figure for the Hungarian national team.

He was appointed captain of his country in November, joining the likes of Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool players to wear their nations’ armbands.

At the age of 22, he already has 32 caps to his name for Hungary and has scored seven international goals in that time.


5. He can play almost anywhere!

The manager experimented with a number of different systems last season before a 3-4-3 gave his side some late joy to inspire a seven-game winning run throughout April and May.

Szoboszlai is capable of playing in multiple areas across the middle of the park, as well as on the right wing, and could give Klopp a wealth of options next season.


6. Friends with Haaland

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 18, 2023: Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Manchester City FC and Burnley FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. Man City won 6-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s newcomer may have to put friendships aside next season as he comes up against one of his good pals.

Erling Haaland and Szoboszlai became very close during their time at RB Salzburg, with Haaland having since been catapulted to world stardom during his spells at Borussia Dortmund and Man City.


7. Precocious talent

Staying on the subject of the Man City forward, Szoboszlai’s former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch said “Dominik is just as talented as Haaland” when touching on the midfielder’s natural ability.

It is high praise for the incoming midfielder and gives fans plenty to get excited about for what he could offer Liverpool in a Klopp-managed team next season.


8. Anfield preference

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Liverpool's Andy Robertson (L) and FC Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai during the final UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Various reports in recent days have indicated that the player was hell-bent on joining the Reds despite interest from Eddie Howe’s Newcastle.

The Magpies have significantly greater financial firepower than Liverpool and could have offered Szoboszlai Champions League football next season but Sky Sports’ Melissa Reddy, among others, tweeted that the 22-year-old made his desire to come to Merseyside clear from the outset.


9. He’s played at Anfield before

The midfielder’s home debut for the Reds won’t be his first Anfield appearance, having featured in a seven-goal thriller for RB Salzburg back in 2019.

Haaland and former Red Takumi Minamino were on the scoresheet as the Reds surrendered a 3-0 lead before Mohamed Salah netted the winner with 20 minutes left on the clock.


10. Liverpool’s fourth Hungarian

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Szoboszlai becomes the fourth player from his country to represent the Reds when he makes his first appearance.

Goalkeepers Adam Bogdan and Peter Gulacsi have both come from Hungary to play for Liverpool, with the first being midfielder Istvan Kozma who made six appearances for the club.