Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth – Man of the Match
More than other new signing this summer, this is the man which made me stand up and cheer upon his announcement. The electric and limitless potential of his footballing game is staggering, which bodes well for what is to come. The energy, urgency, and beautiful array of skill was a joy to behold against Bournemouth. With the reds looking to vary their attacking patterns of play (this season), the Hungarian skipper is showing how he can be the unpredictable conduit from midfield to attack. He was keen to pursue final third passes and desperate to instigate all forms of attacking play. With the early goal and unsure defensive shape causing concern, we now have another genuine elite level player that can drag us to the finish line.
🇭🇺 Dominik Szoboszlai on his Anfield debut for #LFC:
– Most dribbles completed (3)
– Most passes completed (65)
– 5 duels won
– 4 long balls
– 5 recoveries
– 1 penalty won
– 1 shot that led to a goal
Involved in two goals. He’s had a brilliant start to life at… pic.twitter.com/G2Zo0CEJhh
— Bence Bocsák (@BenBocsak) August 19, 2023
During the second half, the former RB Leipzig man decided he was going to run the match and bring everything around him up a level, to where he was perched. Trent, Mo, Harvey, and Diogo, all fed of our wonderful number eight, as the game stretched and condensed to the will of our £60m signing.
He was unlucky not to get himself on the goal or assist sheet, yet you can sense that once that first goal hits the back of the net, he will be primed to explode in the Premier League. His drilled (and saved) strike allowed Diogo to secure the win, as the spilled shot created a tap in opportunity to take the score to an unassailable 3-1.
Dominik Szoboszlai vs Bournemouth
93% Pass accuracy
4/5 Accurate long passes
1 Chance created
1/3 Shots on target
1 Penalty won
5/8 Duels won
1/1 Tackle won
His dynamism, athleticism, technique and attitude are everything LFC have missed in the midfield. Superb. pic.twitter.com/5OBaYmm55T
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 19, 2023
As the stats above show, this physical specimen has all the attributes needed to live up to his famous shirt number (and idol), with striking similarities in his game to that of Manchester City’s masterful playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne. With a regeneration fully underway, I feel like everyone and everything will revolve around the brilliance of this young individual. With a strong performance against Chelsea, followed by a beautifully dominating game at home to Bournemouth, it is exciting to see what happens next week against Newcastle.
With his central and right-hand side position allowing Salah to drift inside, this again is another facet of how he can thrive under new management. With so much confusion over how to stop the goals being conceded, this 21-year-old destroyer will at least bring wonderful match winning moments to outside.
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) August 19, 2023