Liverpool have signed RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai in a £60 million deal.
The Reds entered the race for the midfielder last week and were able to complete the deal on Sunday after he passed his medical and signed a five-year contract at Anfield.
Liverpool beat competition from Newcastle for the midfielder, who was keen on a move to Anfield despite the promise of Champions League football at St. James Park.
Szoboszlai becomes Liverpool’s second summer signing following the acquisition of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton in a £35 million deal earlier in the summer window.
Reacting to the signing, Liverpool manager told the club’s official website: “The first thing for me to say is welcome to Liverpool, Dominik. I know how excited he is to be here with us, so it is important that he understands that we are all just as excited to have him.
“We already have a little knowledge of Dominik as an opponent because we had a couple of really tough games against Red Bull Salzburg when he was a player there and I think everyone who saw those fixtures will have realised that even at that stage he was a really interesting prospect.
“I’m pretty sure he was still a teenager at that time and since then he has made some big strides – moving to Leipzig, doing really, really well in the Bundesliga, playing for the Hungary national team and then becoming captain of his national team at an incredibly young age.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to add more players this summer as they continue their squad rebuild.
The Reds reportedly want to sign another midfielder, with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia linked to a move to Anfield. A defender is also said to be among the priority list of Klopp, while a right-back could also be added this summer to provide competition for Trent Alexander Arnold.
Szoboszlai scored ten goals, registered 13 assists last season, and victory in the DFB-Pokal Cup over Eintracht Frankfurt felt a fitting end.