Three of Liverpool’s six summer signings have now been allocated squad numbers after it was revealed that Roberto Firmino, who will arrive from Hoffenheim for £29m and James Milner – a free transfer from Manchester City – will wear ’11’ and ‘7’ respectively next season.
It was already known that Danny Ings will take ’28’ following his move from Burnley, but Joe Gomez, Adam Bodgan and Nathaniel Clyne, who has not yet been officially confirmed by the club, remain unassigned for now.
In taking ’11’, Firmino will wear a shirt rich in history. The number, although traditionally reserved for left wingers, once belong to Robbie Fowler, after it had been vacated by central midfield star Jamie Redknapp.
Other, less legendary players, to wear Liverpool’s ’11’ in the Premier league era include Mark Walters, Vladimir Smicer, Mark Gonzalez, Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera, Maxi Rodriguez and Oussama Assaidi,
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Milner taking ‘7’ is seen as a big gesture. No player has worn the famous jersey – popularised by Steve McManaman in the 90s – since Luis Suarez left Anfield to join Barcelona last summer.