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Dominik Szoboszlai almost made Liverpool teammate look foolish and almost managed it

Dominik Szoboszlai arrives at Anfield for a Liverpool game
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It's no secret that Hungary needs big things from Dominik Szoboszlai this summer. The Liverpool midfielder is his country's captain and talisman, and a big few weeks lie ahead at Euro 2024.

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The Magyars headed to Dublin to take on the Republic of Ireland in their latest warm-up game ahead of the tournament. It meant Szoboszlai being reunited with Caoimhin Kelleher, who was in goal for the home side.

And Szoboszlai couldn't resist a cheeky attempt to make his teammate look foolish. In the first half, the midfielder spotted Kelleher slightly off his line and attempted an audacious attempt from the halfway line.

He almost pulled off a sensational goal, but his dipping effort just missed the target, sparing Kelleher's blushes. Eventually, the Republic of Ireland snatched a 2-1 win. Troy Parrott scored in stoppage time after Adam Lang had equalized for Hungary following Adam Idah's opener. Szoboszlai and Kelleher both played the full 90 minutes.

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Szoboszlai was given plenty of freedom by manager Marco Rossi, who knows full well that unlocking the best of the Liverpool midfielder could be crucial to his team's hopes. They are in Group A alongside Scotland, Switzerland and hosts Germany and has high hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Speaking a few weeks ago, Rossi explained his plans to try and get the best out of Szoboszlai. He told Nemzeti Sport: “I think that in our squad Dominik is recognised as the leader of the team, not only because of the captain but because of his skills especially, because of his position in the pitch.

“We are playing a kind of football we can say less positional and more relational and Dominik is a player who, along with many of the others, is free to go where he feels that he can go.

“He is much more free to move all over the pitch and this is giving to him more responsibility, but he’s able to hold this kind of responsibility.

“He’s not obliged to play on the right side on the left side, he can move all over the pitch. And I think that in our squad, this is a huge advantage.”

For Kelleher, it will not be a summer spent in Germany. The Republic of Ireland missed out on qualification for the tournament, which means after some time off, he will get a full pre-season under new manager Slot.

However, the goalkeeper recently hinted he might be keen to move on this summer. His performances when Alisson was out injured have improved his stock, and he may now search for regular first-team football with little prospect of taking the No.1 spot permanently from the Brazilian star.