When Liverpool confirmed Danny Ings as their third summer signing – of four to date – earlier this month, Reds fans were desperate to discover what shirt number the Burnley hero would be given at Anfield.
That question has now been answered: Ings has been allocated squad number 28.
The last three players to wear Liverpool’s ’28’ have been Christian Poulsen, Damien Plessis, Stephen Warnock, Bruno Cheyrou and Richie Partridge.
Three jerseys drenched in legend were available. Steven Gerrard’s freshly-vacated ‘8’ was one option, while ‘7’ – made famous by Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Peter Beardsley, Steve McManaman and Luis Suarez – was another.
Many strikers would take ‘9’ as their first choice. That too looks to be available for the 2015-16 campaign. Ricky Lambert wore the traditional frontman’s number last season, but the former Saints star seems set to leave this summer.
Taking the ‘9’ jersey – formerly worn by Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres – would have put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of 22-year-old Ings, who was playing non-League football with Dorchester Town as recently as 2010.
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Ings was a Bosman signing and, although Liverpool will have to pay Burnley a small amount of compensation for his transfer due to the player’s age, he will not be burdened by the pressure of a big fee.
As there will also be no jersey pressure to weigh him down, Ings, who scored 11 Premier League goals for the relegated Clarets last season, should be afforded more time to impress his new public, before the Anfield groaners and moaners come to the fore.