Paul Merson has named Liverpool new boy Dominik Szoboszlai as the signing of the Premier League season so far.
Szoboszlai arrived at Liverpool in a £60m deal in July after they triggered the release clause in his RB Leipzig contract. He became the Reds’ second recruit of the summer after Alexis Mac Allister.
Mac Allister has made an impressive start to his Anfield career following his £35m switch from Brighton & Hove Albion. But it is the performances of Szoboszlai that have really caught the eye of Arsenal legend Merson.
The Hungary captain has slotted seamlessly into Jurgen Klopp’s new-look midfield and before the international break scored his first goal for the club in the emphatic 3-0 home win over Aston Villa. It is a win that means the Reds could hit the top of the table with victory in the early kick-off at Wolves on Saturday.
And ahead of the return of Premier League action, Merson singled out Szoboszlai for glowing praise and made an exciting prediction. Writing in his Sportskeeda column, the Sky Sports pundit said: “The Premier League is back after what felt like one of the longest international breaks in history! The 2023-24 campaign may just be four gameweeks old, but we’ve already seen a fair share of action and unexpected results, while a handful of new signings have laid down the marker for what’s to come.
“Dominik Szoboszlai has been the pick of the bunch, for me. I hadn’t seen much of the lad while he was at RB Leipzig but I have to say I’ve been so impressed by him, he hasn’t had a bad game yet!
“He scored a worldie the other day and does a bit of everything, he’s going to be phenomenal for Liverpool in the coming years.”
Merson also offered his thoughts on how the Reds will get on at Wolves, who ran out 3-0 winners the last time the two teams met at Molineux. He said: “A Saturday morning game after an international break is always a hard one to call as most players – at least from the so-called top six sides – go away to represent their countries. It acts as a bit of a leveller and is a huge advantage, so Liverpool will have to be wary of that.
“It’s particularly hard for South Americans like Alexis Mac Allister and Luis Diaz, but the Reds might be able to get away with rotating a few players. Mac Allister will probably start, but Liverpool can afford to bench Diaz as the likes of Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota – who both scored for their countries in the international break – are waiting patiently on the wings.
“Jurgen Klopp and Co have begun the 2023-24 campaign in good form but will have to carry on if they want to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title. Wolves, on the other hand, have had a tough start to the season, so I can’t see them getting a result here. They don’t score too many goals, so even if Liverpool concede, they won’t find it difficult to outscore the home side.”
Merson predicts the Reds will win 2-1. Klopp will preview the match at his press conference at 12.15pm today (Friday).