After signing for Liverpool, Dominik Szoboszlai returned to Hungary where he had a busy schedule, from visiting his old academy to holding a press conference.
Szoboszlai completed his move on Sunday, and the following day he flew back to his home country Hungary in order to celebrate his move to Anfield with the people who helped him achieve his dreams.
The first full day back in Hungary was a bit of a whirlwind for Szoboszlai. He started out visiting his old academy, Főnix Gold, founded by his father, and met up with some of the young kids currently following in his footsteps in his home city of Székesfehérvár.
Then naturally it was time for media duties. With Szoboszlai having caught a lot of attention in his home country over the last few days, he hosted a press conference together with his father, Zsolt, and his agent, Mátyás Esterházy, to answer questions to a host of reporters from the country’s biggest publications.
Among the topics, he was quizzed about his decision to join Liverpool and whether moving to a club without Champions League football next season had caused him any dilemma, and his answer was emphatic.
“As soon as I heard that it was a serious matter, I didn’t think about the Champions League. I will gladly sacrifice a year,” Szoboszlai said. “Instead I will try to win the Europa League with Liverpool, because that is the goal.”
His response corresponds with Jürgen Klopp’s own thoughts on the lack of Champions League football, and shows why he wasn’t concerned about struggling to convince players over transfers this summer.
“When I talk to a player — if I’m allowed to talk to a player, which is barely the case, but in the moment when you are — you realize then it’s already clarified because we cannot tell anybody in the moment that we are definitely in the Champions League,” Klopp said back in May (via Sky Sports). “If he’s talking to us, it’s probably already clear that he knows about that situation.
“If you join a club, it’s that you want to reach something together with the club. We have to fight to be part of the Champions League, we have to fight for trophies and if you want to be part of that, you are more than welcome.”
Next, Szoboszlai was asked questions about his newfound fame and whether it will change him, and the Hungarian gave another emphatic answer.
“I will never change. I will still continue to go to the food court with my trucker friend and eat a very good gizzard stew with nokedli, because that is my favorite.”
Klopp is notorious for recruiting players with not just the right quality, but also the right mentality for Liverpool, and in this sense Szoboszlai seems like he will fit right in at Anfield.
Speaking of the Liverpool manager, on Hungary’s national media television channel, Szoboszlai also revealed that he had hit the ‘jackpot’ by getting the opportunity to work with Klopp.
“For me, this is the jackpot [to play under Jürgen Klopp]! I think he will bring out a side of my game that I don’t even know exists yet. I can’t wait,” he told M4Sport.
After the press conference, Szoboszlai spent the evening celebrating with his friends and family and shared a picture of himself on Instagram wearing his new Liverpool shirt and posing next to Hungarian rapper, KKevin.
The Hungarian is clearly delighted with his transfer. But after a day of celebration, he will now be focused on resting and sorting out the logistical details of his transfer to Anfield before joining up with the squad for pre-season on July 11.