When Liverpool confirmed their £41 million [BBC] capture of Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this summer, it addressed the need for young attacking talents who can bolster the club in the future.
The English champions despite their unwavering dominance the past 24 months, still require players who can come in and impact the team immediately who won’t need a couple of years to develop into first-team stars.
One player who fits this particular criteria and is someone who is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore is RB Salzburg and Hungarian whizkid Dominik Szoboszlai.
Szoboszlai, 20, hit headlines with a last-ditch solo goal to clinch his country’s qualification for Euro 2021 last week. It was a sign he is ready to step up to the big stage.
According to 90min, Liverpool alongside Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are interested in Szoboszlai with German legend Lothar Matthaus telling Abendzeitung Muenchen: “He’s a gem, a guy like Kai Havertz. In Hungary, he is already being compared to the great Ferenc Puskas. I’m convinced that every top European club has him on the list.”
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Szoboszlai’s form for club-side Salzburg has been just as impressive.
This season, he has already clocked up 13 appearances for the Austrian outfit scoring five goals while registering nine assists.
Last season he raked in an impressive tally of 12 goals and 18 assists, per transfermarkt.
At the age of 20, Szoboszlai is a huge talent, and has written his name in lights on the European scene with two goals in three Champions League matches this season.
How can Liverpool fit him in?
What makes Szoboszlai so tempting above all else is the low release clause in his current Salzburg contract.
Football London report amid interest from Arsenal, that the prodigious young starlet has a release clause of just £22.5 million, with his contract due to expire in 2022.
At this kind of price and considering Liverpool’s sustained transfer model, the Reds should be rushing to snap him up and integrate him into Jurgen Klopp’s PL-winning squad. It is an outrageously low fee for a player of his standard.
Szoboszlai’s versatility makes him even more valuable potentially to Klopp as he can play in a number of different positions. Football Critic report how in his last 50 matches, he has made 24 starts on the left-wing or in midfield, 22 in central or attacking midfield areas and four starts on the right.
As such, he can fit Liverpool’s system behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 system or as a potential alternative to say Georginio Wijnaldum in Klopp’s trusted 4-3-3 formation.
There is little chance of Szoboszlai displacing either Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane in the next two to three seasons, but there could be some space in the attack considering Roberto Firmino’s recent noticeable decline in form.
This is something Jota has used to his advantage with the Portugal international seizing his opportunity in the first-team, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances already for his new club side this season.
Liverpool could also play Szoboszlai in a central creative role which could be a dangerous prospect for opposition with the attacking talents of Salah, Mane and Jota running off the Hungary international.
At just 20, Szoboszlai is ridiculously talented and could cost less than a quarter of the price being touted for either Jadon Sancho or Kylian Mbappe.
Given Liverpool’s working relationship with Salzburg, it represents a more viable transfer route to take given the success the club have had with former Salzburg alumni’s Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino.
These are exactly the kind of shrewd deals that perfectly fit in with the club’s core values and key principles in the market. It is the perfect option to explore to add a bit of instant impact along with the multitude of talent from Liverpool’s academy players.
Szoboszlai is sensibly priced and the Reds should be in the mix, rather than just standing by and letting him head to a domestic or European rival. The way he is playing right now, he is difficult to ignore and such a meticulous mind as sporting director Michael Edwards will certainly make sure Liverpool are in the running for his signture.