Dominik Szoboszlai has insisted that being a Liverpool player won’t change him when it comes to the national team.
Szoboszlai is the captain of Hungary and played with them for the first time since his move to Liverpool last night.
The undoubted biggest star in his nation right now, the 22-year-old is a real figurehead for the Hungarians. But speaking to Index after a 2-1 win over Serbia last night, Szoboszlai insisted that he doesn’t want to be seen as a ‘superstar.’
“When I spoke to the boys before the game as team captain, I emphasized that the team that wants to win more will win this game,” said Liverpool’s No.8. “And that happened because I think we wanted the victory more. And not only because I said so, but also because we knew that if we win here, we will take a big step towards advancing.
“Now, even as a Liverpool player, I am the same Dominik Szoboszlai as I was. Here, everyone is equal in the team, everyone looks at each other the same way. I want to set an example and help the team. I would like to avoid being seen as a superstar, of course the media writes what they want, but I don’t want this to be a topic within the team.”
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Down to earth Dominik
Didn’t Liverpool just hit the jackpot with Szoboszlai. Not only is he a supremely talented midfielder, but he also seems to be a real leader.
Humble, down to earth and hardworking, the £60m man has everything needed to be a top, top player.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold around, he may never be Liverpool captain. But his experience of leading his national team will only be good news for the Reds.
With Szoboszlai at the helm, Hungary look poised to be far better than they have been in recent years, too.
Last night’s win in Serbia was a big one. It put the Magyars top of Group G, three points clear of yesterday’s opponents.
Having sprung a bit of a shock during the last Euros in 2021, they could be a dark horse in Germany next summer.
Szoboszlai will hopefully be coming into that tournament on the back of a successful debut season at Liverpool. Whatever he wins with the Reds though, it doesn’t sound like it’ll change him any time soon.