It wasn’t just Liverpool fans and players who were awestruck by Dominik Szoboszlai’s wondergoal in the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Leicester on Wednesday night.
The Hungarian’s rocket in front of the Kop had a prominent journalist and even a player from a Premier League rival publicly voicing their admiration for that moment of magic.
The 22-year-old took to Instagram after the game to post a photo of him celebrating the goal, along with the caption ‘B A N G !’, with each letter deliberately spaced apart for effect.
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Many of Szoboszlai’s teammates naturally congratulated him, along with thousands of adoring Liverpool supporters, but there were a couple of noticeable comments from elsewhere.
Fabrizio Romano replied ‘Oh la la’, while Chelsea forward Christopher Nkunku – who previously played alongside the Reds’ number 8 at RB Leipzig – commented ‘Boom’ along with two fire emojis.
Szoboszlai’s introduction off the bench at 1-1 transformed the match in Liverpool’s favour, with the 22-year-old providing a moment to remember with his venomous strike to put the Reds in front.
Given the nature of his goal and the number on his back, comparisons have inevitably been drawn with Steven Gerrard. Being likened to our legendary former captain ought not to be done frivolously, but with each passing game, the Hungarian looks increasingly like SG8 reincarnate.
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Put simply, he’s an electrifying player to watch, with both of his goals for the club so far thundered home from outside the penalty area, while teammates and Jurgen Klopp must be in awe of his relentless pressing and work rate out of possession.
Szoboszlai has already paid back a big chunk of his £60m transfer fee since joining Liverpool just under three months ago, and he’s the kind of footballer that fans would happily pay plenty of money to witness in action firsthand.
Everyone responsible for his transfer to Anfield deserves to be roundly applauded for landing such a show-stealing genius of a player.