Szoboszlai: Small Break Maybe Not The Worst

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Awaiting Scan Results From Newcastle Injury

In the high-octane world of Liverpool football club and midfield, every injury sends shockwaves is understandably greeted with another groan by the fan base, and the recent news concerning Dominik Szoboszlai is no exception. The Hungarian maestro’s hamstring setback is a blow for us all, coming off the back of a rousing 4-2 triumph over Newcastle. Yet, in the relentless pursuit of silverware (and that is exactly what’s we’re after if you doubted before) this juncture could offer a hidden blessing amid the adversities of a jam-packed fixture list.

Break Not A Bad Thing

With a tin hat on, although Liverpool’s midfield dynamo has been pivotal for, threading through passes with the precision of a master tailor and proving all-action for 90 minutes, there is another truth. This break, albeit enforced, can serve as a reset button for Szoboszlai, offering him the respite needed to recharge and return with the zest that fans relish. The 23 year-old has looked far from his best for some time and as Klopp admitted he was set to come off just before against Newcastle anyway. It’s not quite happening for big Dom and let’s pray it’s a minor strain.

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Still Options Available

The Reds’ schedule, while seeming daunting at times in December, presents natural intermissions this coming month. The looming FA Cup and League Cup encounters, followed by a breather before the Bournemouth clash, proffers a timely hiatus. For Jurgen Klopp, it’s an opportunity to shuffle his deck and if anything most would be happy to see a full second string or even the kids away at The Emirates. This rotation isn’t merely squad deepening; it’s about ensuring that everyone is ready to go at crucial times. Elliott, Gravenberch, Jones and Mac Allister as options now seems dramatically thin.

Hoping For The Best

Consider the silver lining in the guise of an enforced sabbatical for Szoboszlai. It’s a well-documented phenomenon that mid-season breaks can yield a rejuvenated athlete. The player that ran the show against Bournemouth on the opening day and pressed so often for 90 minutes looks almost somewhat of a memory at this stage. This season will be unforgiving and with City set to be breathing down our necks any second, ther is no real wiggle room. The only exception to that is the small break that’s coming up. Let’s hope that’s exactly what it is for Szoboszlai, ready to come back refreshed.

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