With the scores level between Liverpool and Leicester City in the League Cup third round at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp turned to his bench in the 65th minute in search of inspiration.
The German had plenty to choose from, of course, having made 10 changes to his starting XI to face the Foxes. While Mohamed Salah had been handed a rare night off altogether, Klopp still had Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz in reserve he could turn to in search of a goal.
Ultimately, it was the in-form Uruguayan who was given the nod, with the Kop chanting his name the moment he rose from the bench in preparation of coming on. But it was the man who took to the field alongside Nunez that made the headlines and stole the show for the Reds.
Dominik Szoboszlai is only eight games into his Liverpool career, but it is already crystal clear that the Hungary captain is a quality player. Consequently, you could be forgiven for wondering why the 22-year-old hadn’t placed higher on the Reds’ transfer wishlist.
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After all, it was only after switching attention away from the likes of Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount that the Hungarian emerged as Liverpool’s next desired target as part of their long-awaited midfield overhaul.
A £60m signing from RB Leipzig, such a fee is already looking like a bargain. Szoboszlai excites fans with every appearance in the famous Red shirt.
While it was Nunez that Klopp and the Kop perhaps expected to be Liverpool’s hero against the Foxes following Cody Gakpo’s equaliser, their new number eight had other ideas.
Receiving the ball from Wataru Endo 25 yards from goal, he unleashed anRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk