Liverpool star records top five fastest speed in Premier League history

Dominik Szoboszlai is officially among the fastest Premier League players in history, clocking a time that puts him among the top five recorded sprints since data has been collected.

It's fair to say the Hungarian has been a revelation for Liverpool since his £60m summer move from RB Leipzig.

Arriving as part of the much-discussed rebuild, the signs were good from the outset after Szoboszlai smashed the fabled 'lactate test' during pre-season, while he has since gone on to help revolutionise Jurgen Klopp's engine room with his energy, creativity and ability to hit a bill as sweetly as anyone.

But as well as being a top presser, a striker of thunderb*stards and annoyingly handsome, the 23-year-old is also quick. Very quick, in fact.

The Premier League has revealed data about the fastest times recorded by stars so far in 2023/24, with Szoboszlai's sprint pace of 36.76 km/h (vs Wolves back in September) the fourth-fastest this season, behind only speeds set by Micky van de Van, Chiedozie Ogbene and Pedro Neto. Phew!

More remarkably, that puts Szpeedy Domzalez at fifth in the fastest ever Premier League players — though admittedly data only started being collected relatively recently in 2020/21.

Not only does he run fast, but Szoboszlai also runs far.

Back in November, the Premier League released a list of the biggest distances run in 2023/24, with the Reds' No. 8 coming in eighth (132.2 km) after 12 gameweeks.

The confirmation of Szoboszlai's physical prowess only serves as a reminder of how the Reds will hope to have their star midfielder back to full fitness as soon as possible.

The former Leipzig man was ruled out of the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday with a recurrence of the hamstring injury he suffered last month.

Reporting on the severity of the issue is mixed. However, one pessimistic report in Szoboszlai's native Hungary suggested he could miss up to four weeks as he recovers.

An injury layoff of that length would rule Szoboszlai out of the Reds’ first bid for silverware this season, with the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea taking place at Wembley on 25 February.

While Liverpool are now able to welcome back midfield options like Wataru Endo and Thiago Alcantara, fans will be eagerly awaiting official word of Szoboszlai's status in the hope that his absence is not be as long as some have speculated.

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