Szoboszlai’s Ankle Woe: Precautionary Absence
The Merseyside air was thick with anticipation as fans eagerly awaited news about Liverpool’s latest sensation, Dominik Szoboszlai. However, those scanning the training pitches in Germany on Saturday were met with disappointment.
Training Absence Raises Eyebrows
The 22-year-old Hungarian dynamo was conspicuously absent from Liverpool’s training. An unfortunate twist of his ankle being the apparent culprit.
While fans might have found this alarming, the Liverpool Echo has eased those fears, suggesting that this might merely be a precautionary measure. They report that Szoboszlai may just sit out for a few days to prevent the injury from escalating. This means, however, that he’s unlikely to make an appearance in the friendly against Greuther Furth this coming Monday.
🇭🇺 Dominik Szoboszlai has missed a grand total of ONE game due to injury in the last two years.
He has a minor knock. These things happen. Especially in pre-season. Nothing to be worried about. pic.twitter.com/F0hkLPp48c
— Bence Bocsák (@BenBocsak) July 22, 2023
With a trip to Singapore around the corner, where Liverpool are set to face Leicester City and Bayern Munich, there’s no shortage of action. Their pre-season saga will conclude against SV Darmstadt, set to take place at Preston’s iconic Deepdale Stadium.
The stakes are high, especially for Szoboszlai, who, after a £60 million switch from RB Leipzig, is tipped to fill the boots of recent departees like Naby Keita and James Milner.
A Cause for Concern?
Minor injuries in football aren’t uncommon. And with it being pre-season, the Liverpool management won’t be taking any undue risks, especially with their new star acquisition.
Journalist Bence Bocsak offers some solace, noting that Szoboszlai has been benched just once in the past two seasons. Yet, the shadow of Liverpool’s injury-prone past, especially with their previous No. 8, looms large. So, a tad bit of anxiety is expected from the Anfield faithful.
Despite the minor setback, it’s unlikely that this injury will impact Szoboszlai’s Premier League debut next month against Chelsea. With a monumental season on the horizon, fans are abuzz about how Jurgen Klopp plans to deploy him – perhaps as the new No. 8 or the coveted No. 10.
All eyes are now on Liverpool’s dazzling Hungarian, as he gears up to make his mark on the Premier League stage.