Liverpool may have made £20m Dominik Szoboszlai mistake which could benefit Tottenham
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Liverpool are reportedly pushing ahead to sign Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig - and they have seen a cheaper alternative go elsewhere this month.
The Reds are keen on signing the 22-year-old, as per The Athletic's David Ornstein, despite previously believing that a deal would be 'very difficult' to get over the line.
He has a release clause of €70 million (around £60 million), which the club reportedly plan to activate on June 30. Sky Germany's Philipp Hinze claims that, after that date, the release clause is no longer active.
While Arsenal have shelled out a fee of £65 million for Havertz, Spurs have paid just £40 million for Maddison - and signed him ahead of their rivals.
Liverpool's transfer mistake?
Maddison became Spurs' first summer signing when he joined the club earlier this week from newly-relegated Leicester.
And there are similarities between the England international and Szoboszlai.
In fact, according to Opta's The Analyst, the two players shared a 94 per cent similarity rating across various metrics, including chances created and shots per 90 minutes. Szoboszlai's 2022/23 season performance was judged against Maddison's displays in 2019/20.
As an English player, Maddison will also add to Spurs' home-grown quota. Liverpool only have five registered homegrown players currently, but as per This is Anfield, eight more players will become eligible for this season.
The former Foxes star also has substantial Premier League experience, which Szoboszlai does not possess yet.
The 22-year-old has been directly involved in 14 goals in each of his last two Bundesliga seasons, with Maddison producing 19 and 20 goal contributions in that time.
However, due to his versatility, offensive profile and superb displays in the Bundesliga, the Reds will back the Hungary international to produce top form in the English top flight - and outperform Maddison.