Dominik Szoboszlai had been a target for Newcastle, but as it became evident that he intended to move to Anfield, it eliminated any other potential suitors. The midfielder completed his physical on Merseyside earlier on Sunday; he is Liverpool’s second summer acquisition.
Dominik Szoboszlai has been acquired by Liverpool for £60 million from RB Leipzig. The midfielder signed a five-year deal that runs through 2028.
Newcastle had also expressed interest in the 22-year-old midfielder, but once Szoboszlai made it obvious that he wanted to join Liverpool, it eliminated any other potential suitors.
On Friday, discussions made progress when Liverpool decided to exercise his £60 million release clause.
Szoboszlai had a physical on Merseyside on Saturday and Sunday, and if he receives a work visa, he will join Alexis Mac Allister as Liverpool’s second summer addition after Brighton, who was acquired for an initial £35 million.
Liverpool is believed to view Szoboszlai as a versatile midfielder, similar to Mac Allister, who provides tactical flexibility because of his capacity to operate in a variety of roles and formations. In addition to being able to play both wide positions, Jurgen Klopp thinks he can succeed as a number 8 or a number 10.
The quality, attitude, and ease with which the Hungarian can play across the midfield are all clearly valued at Anfield. His exceptional chance-creation numbers and ball-carrying skills also fit Liverpool’s desired profile.
The team looked at a variety of options as they sought to improve the technical proficiency, dynamism, and depth in midfield.
Due to his similar worth, age, and adaptability, Liverpool thought Szoboszlai was a better alternative than Mason Mount, who will undergo a physical with Manchester United early next week. Liverpool believed that the release clause would make it simpler to finalise the deal for Szoboszlai.
Despite his youth, Liverpool believes Szoboszlai is a natural leader and a player of considerable maturity. After all, he was elected captain of Hungary at the age of just 22 by his international team-mates.
Szoboszlai eventually turned into a top priority for Klopp, who had watched his career in the Bundesliga and had heard nothing but positive things about him from friends and former coworkers in Germany.
Liverpool is going through its largest transition under Klopp at a time when the market is extremely oversaturated, particularly for midfielders, and without the benefit of Champions League cash or a major player sale.
The primary considerations being evaluated are affordability, availability, and the desire to revive Liverpool as a domestic and European power.