Is there anything Dominik Szoboszlai can't do?
It's only been a few months since the handsome Hungarian rocked up at Liverpool and already he's:
- Bossed the dreaded lactate test
- Been more available than his predecessors
- Scored a goal of the season contender
- Been compared to David Beckham
As if all that wasn't enough, the £60m former RB Leipzig man is also absolutely rapid.
A true box-to-box midfielder, Szoboszlai's energy has been much discussed in his nascent Liverpool career – he made the Premier League top 10 for distance covered after gameweek four – but his raw pace is another sneaky attribute.
However, during Saturday's 3-1 comeback win over Wolves, fans got to see just how quick Liverpool's new number eight is as he chased down a Pedro Neto-led counter-attack in the second half.
As recorded by Opta (via journalist Lewis Steele on X), Szoboszlai clocked a top speed of 36.76km per hour against Wolves.
🤯 Since 2020-21 Premier League season, only two players have recorded a quicker top sprint speed than Dom Szoboszlai against Wolves on Saturday (36.76km/h) (from Opta)
— Lewis Steele (@LewisSteele_) September 19, 2023
That pace puts him third fastest of any player since the 2020/21 season – behind only Kyle Walker (obviously) and Chiedozie Ogbene – and is even quicker than teammate Mohamed Salah's top sprint in that timeframe.
Steele also notes that Szoboszlai, who has started every game so far in 2023/24, has run 57.7km, which is more than 7km more than any other Liverpool player. Phew!
Speaking after Liverpool latest win Szoboszlai praised Jurgen Klopp's half-time team talk for helping to turn the game around, with the score 1-0 to Wolves at the break.
"That we didn’t give up," the 22-year-old said. "At half-time the manager talked to us about the passion and what we needed in the second half, the work and what we needed to put into the game. I think we switched the formation and then everybody did their job and we turned the game."