After Sadio Mane leaves, Liverpool has four strong prospects to wear the No. 10 jersey.
Following this summer’s Liverpool reorganization, JURGEN KLOPP must make a significant decision about shirt numbers.
Due to Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a superb shirt number accessible to anyone ahead of the new season. The Senegalese genius had argued that he should wear the No. 10 pullover starting in 2018–19, but Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah had already been seen sporting positive numbers of their own.
Given that Liverpool spent what may wind up being a club-record fee to sign the Uruguayan from Benfica this summer, the Uruguayan may be the best candidate to take Mane’s former jersey. Nunez is now listed as the Reds’ No. 27, which Divock Origi recently cleared, but it doesn’t quite portray the star power of a No. 10.
After scoring 34 goals across all competitions the previous season, the 22-year-old was brought in to revitalize Klopp’s front line. Roberto Firmino has played with that number for the past six years even though he is expected to play as a traditional No 9, for instance through the center.
When Jota first joined Wolves, few people would have bet on him becoming Liverpool’s starting No. 10, but his star has skyrocketed since leaving Molineux for Anfield. His presentation season’s respectable haul of 13 goals generated some buzz, and last break he outperformed it once more with 21 goals throughout all games.
The Portuguese’s tireless work may be repaid by Klopp with a desired squad number, which would be a step up from the No. 20 he has worn since marking a long time ago. Last term, Jota consistently caused his management severe headaches, with several attackers putting on performances that made them tough to lose.
Jota might be upset to see Diaz hop the line on the off chance that Klopp chooses to give him the No 10, yet the Colombian had an emotional effect in the wake of showing up for £37million in January. Four goals and three aids the Premier League doesn’t do equity to the power of his exhibitions last term, and how rapidly he warmed to English football.
Diaz has been left with No 23 since marking from Porto, however this could be the best an open door to solidify himself as one of Klopp’s confided in attackers. While his ongoing number has legacy with Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler both having spells as the Reds’ 23, taking Mane’s old number might be more fitting for a star of Diaz’s play style.
Giving the pullover to Elliott, 19, would be the customary way to complete the instructional demonstration of approval course, if Klopp had any inclination to do so. The former midfielder turned winger is expected to have a bright future in premier league football regardless, but being Liverpool’s starting No. 10 would demonstrate how highly regarded he is.
Whether they believe he is ready for such responsibility is a separate issue entirely, and the likelihood of it happening is lessened by the fact that he has barely traded No. 67 for No. 19. Elliott, though possibly not right now, will undoubtedly be able to support Mane’s old number going forward.