What Erling Haaland told Dominik Szoboszlai after he completed £60m Liverpool transfer

What Erling Haaland told Dominik Szoboszlai after he completed £60m Liverpool transfer

Dominik Szoboszlai has disclosed that he contacted Erling Haaland, the striker for Manchester City, seeking advice after finalizing his transfer to Liverpool on Sunday.

The £60 million acquisition has also provided information about his packed schedule off the field prior to commencing pre-season training with Liverpool on July 11 at the AXA Training Centre.

The signing of Szoboszlai marks Liverpool’s second acquisition this summer, as he signed a five-year contract after successfully completing a medical examination at the Reds’ Kirkby facility.

Liverpool acted swiftly to finalize the agreement with RB Leipzig after engaging in discussions with the player’s representatives early last week. The Reds activated the £60 million release clause of the 22-year-old on Friday and promptly arranged for his arrival in Merseyside on Saturday afternoon.

Szoboszlai and Haaland formed a strong bond during their shared tenure at Red Bull Salzburg, and the new Liverpool player, who now wears the No. 8 jersey, believes that there is a chance they could end up living close to each other in the northwest region. This possibility arose from a conversation Szoboszlai had with his fellow forward from Norway.

“We’ve talked,” Szoboszlai told the Hungarian-based Nemzeti Sport. “So much so that Erling Haaland has also advised on finding real estate, and it could very well be that we become neighbours.

“I learned from him that several players live halfway between Manchester and Liverpool in a quiet area where privacy can be preserved, and on Monday I will see what he was talking about, I am very curious.

“And of course, putting our friendship aside during the Liverpool-Manchester City matches, it will surely be a fantastic experience to play against each other.”

Szoboszlai also sought the counsel of former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi who he played with at Leipzig, adding: “I’ve spoken to him before and he knows what our relationship is like. He was there in Leipzig when I got there, I became a player for the club and I could count on his support from the very first moment.

“He was a very good team-mate of mine and I hope he got over his injury and there will be another Champions League match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig where he can try to save my free-kick!

“I’ll do some training on Monday, I have some paperwork to do, and then look at some potential properties where I’d like to live. Then I have to go to Leipzig, pack up my stuff, say goodbye to my former club, thank everyone for their support, love and encouragement and then to Budapest. But on the 10th at the latest I will be back in Liverpool, because on the 11th I will be training for my new team.”

With the signing of Szoboszlai, Liverpool’s expenditure for this transfer window has now reached £95 million. This figure includes the previous addition of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion in early June. The Hungarian midfielder acknowledges that he does not want to burden himself with excessive pressure at this stage as he gets ready to embark on his journey with his new club.

“I don’t want to look too far,” he said. “I’m trying to take it step by step, I definitely need time to get used to the rhythm of the Premier League, the way Liverpool plays, Jurgen Klopp’s ideas.

“The opportunity to play is the most important thing, as always, and if I have that, obviously I want to score as many goals as possible, give assists, make myself accepted by my surroundings, by the fans. I want to deserve the confidence that they give me here in Liverpool at every moment.”

What Erling Haaland told Dominik Szoboszlai after he completed £60m Liverpool transfer

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