Liverpool convincingly beat West Ham United on Wednesday evening to advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals. The Reds had control of the game from seemingly the very first minute and never looked like losing the contest.
They conjured up plenty of chances on the Hammers’ goal and were rewarded for their efforts with the 5-1 victory after Dominik Szoboszlai, Curtis Jones, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah all got on the scoresheet.
It was Szoboszlai’s opener that fans will be talking about for a while, though, as the midfielder took aim and scored an absolute screamer in the first half that left Alphonse Areola with absolutely no chance of stopping it. It’s not the first time he’s pulled something like this off since joining Liverpool and scored another cracking goal from distance earlier in the cup against Leicester City.
His goal against West Ham wasn’t quite as ferocious as that one, but it was still a magnificent effort that will be talked about for quite some time by fans and pundits alike.
Szoboszlai showed great technique with his goal
The Hungarian midfielder broke the deadlock in the first-half
It’s not just the fact the strike was from a distance that made the strike so special, but the technique that Szoboszlai used when striking the ball too. Picking it up from outside the area, he clearly picked out the bottom corner and almost side-footed it as he gave Areola no chance of stopping it.
“Almost Cristiano Ronaldo-esque the way he hits the ball” 😍👌
Dominik Szoboszlai with a STUNNING strike for Liverpool 🔴 pic.twitter.com/PPh7lEjNGN
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) December 20, 2023
Dominik Szoboszlai. That’s the GIF. 🚀😮💨pic.twitter.com/UUzVvjLSIx
— Samuel (@SamueILFC) December 20, 2023
The strike sailed into the bottom left-hand side of the goal and was as clean a strike as you could ask for from a Premier League quality player. It was likened to something you’d see from Cristiano Ronaldo by Jamie Carragher on commentary and you can see why. The midfielder has already proven in the past that he is capable of a special goal or two and while this certainly won’t be the last we see from him, it’s one of the best and set Liverpool up for what would be a dominant victory.