February 29, 2024

Bulgaria’s manager delivers his verdict on Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai after facing him yesterday


A number of Liverpool players participated in international competition, making it a successful day for the team’s stars.


Luis Diaz scored two goals in Colombia’s comeback victory over Alisson Becker’s Brazil, while Darwin Nunez scored one to contribute to the end of Argentina’s winning streak.


On the receiving end of Nunez’s blow, Alexis Mac Allister didn’t have a good moment. In other news, Mohamed Salah scored an incredible four goals for Egypt against Djibouti, and Diogo Jota picked up an assist for Portugal.


Dominik Szoboszlai was the last Red to play, helping Hungary to a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria. With a point and an assist from Liverpool’s No. 8, Hungary qualified as group winners for Euro 2024.


And following the match, Bulgarian manager Ilian Iliev gave Szoboszlai some very kind words, according to the Hungarian publication Nemzeti Sport.


“He’s a world-class player and he showed his skills in this game,” Iliev raved. “I believe that in the next games we can show our strengths. I told my players after the game that their fighting skills deserve praise and we have to continue to do the same against the Serbs. There are several players with similar skills to Szoboszlai playing football,”


Szoboszlai excels once more


Even though Szoboszlai wasn’t the most visually striking player for Liverpool last night, he had an impact.


Either way, it will have been a proud night for him as captain of his country.


It follows on from the first slightly quiet period of his Liverpool career. Since joining in the summer, the 23-year-old has been one of the Reds best players up to this point.


But over the last handful of games, we haven’t seen Szoboszlai quite as involved as he had been.

Goals and assists aren’t necessarily what we mean here, that isn’t all he was brought in for. The Hungarian just doesn’t seem to be putting the same stamp on games of late.


Hopefully, last night’s major event—both for him and his nation—marks the end of this brief period of quiet.


Even within the last month, Szoboszlai has been referred to as “world-class” before. Harvey Elliott, his teammate at Liverpool, also gave him the important description recently.


The former RB Leipzig player has so far lived up to the accolades bestowed upon him. But we need him to rise to the occasion once more as expectations rise. His performance yesterday was a strong indication that he can do it. Dom, good job.

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