Before His £60 Million Deal from RB Leipzig, Dominik Szoboszlai Flies in for a Medical at Liverpool

Dominik Szoboszlai arrived in Liverpool by plane to finalize his £60 million transfer as Jürgen Klopp begins the summer Anfield upgrades.

The Liverpool striker’s release clause was activated late on Friday night, and as a result, the RB Leipzig midfielder was given the go ahead to visit Merseyside. Despite interest from Newcastle, Liverpool moved quickly to sign the Hungary captain before the clause expired at midnight.

Eddie Howe has been closely following the 22 years old after he had a stellar season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals and dishing out eight assists. After meeting with Szoboszlai’s agents earlier in the week, Liverpool, who had already agreed on personal terms, emerged as the front runners to recruit him. They activated his release clause, which was set at about £60 million.

Liverpool expects to close the transaction after a direct call between Szoboszlai and Klopp, so documents are currently being transferred and a medical appointment is being scheduled. The £35 million acquisition of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton completes Liverpool’s substantial summer rebuild with the inclusion of the attacking midfielder. James Milner, Naby Keta, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departures have led to Liverpool’s interest in Khephren Thuram of Nice.

Szoboszlai has additionally demonstrated his versatility by serving as a number 10, an eight, a right winger, and a left winger in the early stages of his career.

Szoboszlai, a midfielder who also helped the German team win the DFB Pokal final for the second consecutive season, is interested in the transfer after joining RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in December 2020.

Due to their close ties, Liverpool gave Leipzig permission to sign striker Fábio Carvalho on a season long loan. The 20 years old made his transfer from Fulham to Anfield last summer for an initial $5 million and a five years deal.

Mason Mount of Chelsea was first believed to be a target for Liverpool, but the England international is reportedly close to signing a £60 million deal with Manchester United.

Liverpool will apply for a safe standing permit while increasing the number of rail seats at Anfield by another 3,000, bringing the total to 13,300. After Wolves, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Brentford, and Chelsea, the project has been tested for a few years, but they are now on the verge of being the eighth Premier League club to hold a license.

As a result, supporters in the Kop and the renovated Anfield Road end, which will debut for the upcoming season and increase the stadium’s capacity to 61,000, will be able to stand during games rather than only for noteworthy occasions like goal celebrations.

“Following an extensive review of our rail seating trial, we’re delighted to confirm it has been successful and is now a permanent feature at Anfield Stadium,” the club’s managing director, Andy Hughes, said. “Our supporters’ health and safety while attending games at Anfield is, and always will be, paramount.”

The Sports Ground Safety Authority has recommended that stadiums that have used rail seats for more than two years apply for a license. A total of 7,800 rail seats were first built at Anfield in two locations before to the 2020/21 season, and an additional 2,500 Kop seats were added during the season’s break for the winter World Cup.

The Kop will have 7,425 rail seats when the last assembly phase is complete this summer, making rail seating up slightly over 55% of the famed stand’s capacity. Additional rail seats will be added next year.

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