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Speculating on Possible Shirt Number Changes for Liverpool in the Upcoming Summer Transfer Window

For fans to choose from when they make their summer purchases, there have been a ton of new kit leaks, and the name/number combination on the back will also offer a ton of alternatives.

For fans to choose from when they make their summer purchases, there have been a ton of new kit leaks, and the name/number combination on the back will also offer a ton of alternatives.

Some of the most popular shirt numbers will be available for both new and existing Liverpool players this summer, with a number of high-profile players expected to leave for free if new contracts are not signed.

Numerous younger players are probably searching for an upgrade, and veteran players might also be thinking about switching.

There are several alternatives, and fans will be curious to see what new recruits will sport on their backs in the 2023–24 campaign.

In this part, we make some educated guesses about some potential changes and what they might entail for newcomers.

What numbers are readily available?

The No. 10 jersey was left empty by Sadio Mane’s departure last summer, joining Nos. 12, 16, 24, 25, 30, and 31 to bring us all the way up to Joel Matip at No. 32.

The fact that several senior players’ contracts are about to expire could possibly make Nos. 7, 8, 9, 13, and 29 accessible for the upcoming season.

Luis Díaz 7 & Darwin Nunez 9 please, @LFC. pic.twitter.com/9tGDBXPOMC

— Samuel (@SamueILFC) March 3, 2023

It virtually probably leaves Nos. 7, 8, 9, and 10, arguably the four most desired numbers, all free unless things change suddenly.

Both new and returning team players will have lots of alternatives when choosing their jersey numbers for the 2023–24 campaign.

Who could replace the existing players?

Players like Mane and Roberto Firmino have previously chosen to swap teams when particular numbers were available.

A year after Firmino moved up from No. 11 to No. 9, Mane jumped from No. 19 to No. 10 in the summer of 2018.

Changes like these can be inconvenient because many fans will have already purchased new kits with the player’s previous number on the back.

In his case, Firmino made the concession to make up for the change by offering to sign each No. 11 shirt that summer.

Numerous supporters are requesting that Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez receive new jersey numbers, with many requesting that they receive Nos. 7 and 9, respectively.

Due to Stefan Bajcetic’s expanded importance within the team, he might lose his current No. 43 jersey.

By donning the No. 16 jersey, the Spaniard may follow in the footsteps of Dietmar Hamann and Marko Grujic.

New entrants

With all of the prospective new lineups, fans will be most curious to see which numbers any new additions will take over.

The attention inevitably goes to the No. 8 jersey since Jude Bellingham is still a household figure and his current Borussia Dortmund number is now held by Calvin Ramsay of Liverpool.

The 19-year-old would be first in line to wear Naby Keita’s jersey if the Guinean left this summer and Bellingham moved to Anfield due to his open respect for Steven Gerrard.

Mason Mount has additionally drawn attention, and given the attacking emphasis of his current position, he might be the best choice for the open No. 10 shirt.

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