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Liverpool’s available squad numbers – and the players who could fill them

Date Posted,June 28, 2017

Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah from Roma last week and the Egyptian has since become the club’s new No.11.

Roberto Firmino, who had previously held that squad number, has taken up the No.9 shirt, report the Liverpool Echo.

After deciding to take up a new squad number for the new season, Firmino and the club offered to sign the shirts that had previously been bought by fans with his old No.11 on.

Firmino is the first No.9 at Anfield since Christian Benteke left for Crystal Palace last summer, but what squad numbers are left for any potential incoming transfers? And who could fill them?

No.3

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The number usually reserved for left-backs by traditionalists – Liverpool haven’t had a No.3 in the Premier League since Jose Enrique left the club in the summer of 2016.

The number was initially taken over by Mamadou Sakho, but the Frenchman never had the chance to wear it after he fell out with Jurgen Klopp on the club’s tour of the United States last summer.

Sakho hasn’t played for the Reds since April 2016, and any new arrival at left-back is likely to take the number instead.

Ryan Sessegnon has signed a new contract with Fulham and Liverpool aren’t interested in Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam.

Alberto Moreno is expected to leave the club and will keep his current No.18 should he remain at Anfield.

No.4

Virgil van Dijk could be the new No.4… (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

Again, the traditionalists amongst fans will note that the No.4 is commonly reserved for centre-backs or holding midfielders.

Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk are two players on the Reds’ radar and their potential arrivals could see one of the pair take the No.4 that has been vacant since Kolo Toure moved to Celtic in the summer of 2016.

However, plans to snare Van Dijk away from Southampton crashed when the Saints complained of an illegal approach from the Reds for their classy Dutch centre-back.

Liverpool officially withdrew their interest and issued a swift apology. Van Dijk’s arrival could see him take the No,4, but with Liverpool’s interest officially over, the number could go to Keita…

However, any deal for Keita is likely to be tough too, with RB Leipzig asking for as much as £70m for the all-action midfielder.

No.8

Naby Keita has hinted he could be open to a summer move (Photo: AFP/Getty)

If the No.7 shirt at Anfield has been made iconic by the likes of Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez, then the No.8 belongs to one man only – Steven Gerrard.

The legendary former Reds captain swapped 17 for 8 in 2004 and the rest is history.

Gerrard retired in November last year with many championing his case as the greatest Liverpool player of all time.

Liverpool haven’t had a No.8 since Gerrard left in the summer of 2015, and you can forgive any incoming signing for declining the chance to take on the mantle.

The number would suit Keita, should he arrive, but they are big shoes to fill!

No.13

Alex Manninger
Alex Manninger was the last No.13 (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty Images)

Unlucky for some, the number certainly didn’t prove to a good-luck charm for Alex Manninger.

The Austrian goalkeeper left the club in the close season after failing to make an appearance at Anfield last term.

Traditionally viewed as the back-up goalkeeper’s number, it could be taken over by Loris Karius or Danny Ward if he isn’t loaned out.

No.24

Joe Allen celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool
Joe Allen wore the No.24 shirt (Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine)

The number formerly worn by the likes of Danny Murphy, David Ngog and Joe Allen.

Would perhaps be ideal for a youngster looking for an upgrade, or a signing who has been brought in as a squad player.

No.26

Tiago Ilori has vacated the No.26 shirt (Photo: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC)

Jay Spearing wore 26 for three seasons before being replaced by Charlie Adam and most recently, Tiago Ilori.

The squad number has also been previously worn by the likes of Tony Warner, Jorgen Nielson and Richie Patridge.

A chance for someone to put their own stamp on that then, perhaps?

No.31

Raheem Sterling
Is there a new Raheem Sterling out there? (Photo: Getty)

Previously worn by Nabil El Zhar, Liverpool haven’t had a No.31 since Raheem Sterling engineered his Anfield exit to Manchester City in the summer of 2015.

Sterling established himself as a first-team star under Brendan Rodgers after making his debut in the dying embers of Kenny Dalglish’s reign in 2012.

However, the England international soured his relationship with Liverpool fans and left to join City in a £49m deal in July 2015.

Alou Diarra, Frode Kippe and David Raven have all had the No.31 previously.

No.33

Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the first Liverpool goal
Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring for Liverpool (Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Paul Burrows)

Made famous by the likes of Neil Mellor, Jonjo Shelvey and Jordon Ibe, the number has been vacant since the latter swapped Liverpool for Bournemouth in a £15m deal last summer.

Other lesser remembered players to run out with No.33 are John Newby, Alan Navarro and Sebastian Leto.

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