You are like Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp told Dominik Szoboszlai by ex-MLS boss

A highly regarded midfielder from RB Leipzig who resembles a Manchester United great is on the verge of joining Liverpool.

Dominik Szoboszlai’s former coach and former MLS manager have given Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp advice on how to get the most out of him. The teenage sensation is being lauded as one of the top talents in the game by his old coach, and he is on his way to Merseyside.

Gerhard Struber, an Austrian manager, had the good fortune to observe Szoboszlai’s talent at a young age. The manager had a fascinating career that saw him lead RB Salzburg, Barnsley, and ultimately the MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

He didn’t realize Szoboszlai’s skill with the ball and goal-scoring eye until he returned to Austria, where he was attending the Salzburg academy. The Hungarian was playing for feeder team FC Liefering at this time under the guidance of the coach.

Struber recounted why the 22-year-old stuck in his memory when speaking to Redmen TV. He declared, “I have a lot of big talents right next to me, including Patson Daka, Taki Minamino, and Naby Keita, all of whom play for Leipzig in the German Bundesliga before moving on to the Premier League.

“I played alongside so many excellent players, but I can say that Dominik Szoboszlai was consistently a guy that astonished us. We could see his potential at this time, and I’ll never forget how he would sometimes show up on the field even when the team was having a bad game.

“He exercised on his days off. He was outside when I was in my office, and he was making some unique corner kicks and free kicks using the field’s balls. In my opinion, he possesses a top talent and high ambition in addition to a top talent, so two things come together in this direction.

Struber describes the Hungarian’s talent as well as how his personality would fit Jurgen Klopp’s: “I believe that occasionally a match strategy was ineffective since he needed freedom and room to choose his own unique way. He performed admirably over the past few years, and moving to Liverpool may be the next trampoline in his career for Liverpool.

Struber’s remarks are reminiscent of those of another player who was drafted into the Premier League at an early age and later established himself as one of the game’s finest players. Nicky Butt, a former Manchester United player, recounted a similar tale regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in England.

Speaking in the preface to the book “Viva Ronaldo! He was the last to exit the building, The Second Coming of Cristiano, Butt remarked. In fact, he worked tirelessly on his methods and, as we were all leaving, he was carrying a bag of balls to practice them. You couldn’t even get him off the practice field.

“At two or three o’clock in the afternoon, you could hear Sir Alex shouting across the practice grounds, telling Cristiano it was time to get off the field because “we have a game in two days — enough now,” as we were eating lunch in the cafeteria or getting ready to leave for home.

 

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