LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's Takumi Minamino celebrates with team-mates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool squad numbers available to Ibrahima Konate and new signings

New signings and players already within the squad will have their pick of squad numbers at Liverpool this summer, including two available within the first 11.

It may be largely trivial, but the number a new player wears on the back of his shirt will always be of interest to football supporters.

For many, it will be the opportunity to buy a shirt with their name and number printed on the back, while for others it could even form the basis of a new chant.

‘He’s our centre-half, he’s our number 27’, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!

With Liverpool expected to make several new signings this summer, it will be interesting to see which numbers those brought in will opt for.

So which squad numbers are available, and who could take them?


Which numbers are available?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 8, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Within the traditional No. 1 to 11, Liverpool currently have the No. 2 and No. 5 shirts vacant, last worn by Nathaniel Clyne and Gini Wijnaldum.

The decision against retaining Ozan Kabak frees up the No. 19, while the No. 24 is available following Rhian Brewster‘s move to Sheffield United last summer.

No. 25 and No. 29 are also open.

There is also the prospect of other numbers becoming available if the likes of Adrian (No. 13), Marko Grujic (No. 16), Takumi Minamino (No. 18), Loris Karius (No. 22), Xherdan Shaqiri (No. 23), Divock Origi (No. 27) and Ben Davies (No. 28) leave the club.


Who could take them?

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The obvious candidate for either No. 2 or No. 5 is Ibrahima Konate, who has completed a £36 million move from RB Leipzig having signed a five-year contract, with his number to be “confirmed in due course.”

Liverpool are also expected to bring in a new midfielder to replace the departed Wijnaldum, with No. 5 and No. 24 both popular for players in the middle of the park.

Another forward should also be signed, and the No. 19 could be a sensible choice for any player coming in to join Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in attack.

If Shaqiri leaves, his No. 23 shirt could be a coveted one, having been worn with distinction by Jamie Carragher during his 17 years in the first team.

In the current squad, goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga is yet to be assigned a squad number, though the Brazilian is likely to be given one in the 60s, 70s or even 80s.


Could anyone change numbers?

LINCOLN, ENGLAND - Thursday, September 24, 2020: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during the pre-match warm-up before the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Lincoln City FC and Liverpool FC at Sincil Bank. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is the possibility of a player already in the squad opting to change numbers, as we have seen with Firmino (No. 11 to No. 9), Alisson (No. 13 to No. 1), Mane (No. 19 to No. 10) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (No. 21 to No. 15).

Most recently, Curtis Jones took the No. 17 shirt last summer, having previously worn No. 48.

It is unlikely those on the fringes of the senior squad – such as Jake Cain (No. 64), Leighton Clarkson (No. 65) and Billy Koumetio (No. 89) – will be granted changes.

But Caoimhin Kelleher (No. 62), Harvey Elliott (No. 67), Neco Williams (76), Rhys Williams (No. 46) and Nat Phillips (No. 47) could be considered.

Elliott, for example, may fancy the No. 19 shirt if he is to take up a regular squad role next season.

One player that is unlikely to change is Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose No. 66 is on course for iconic status.


What are Liverpool’s current squad numbers?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 23, 2021: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker prays before the final FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. Alisson
3. Fabinho
4. Virgil van Dijk
6. Thiago
7. James Milner
8. Naby Keita
9. Roberto Firmino
10. Sadio Mane
11. Mohamed Salah
12. Joe Gomez
13. Adrian
14. Jordan Henderson
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16. Marko Grujic
17. Curtis Jones
18. Takumi Minamino
20. Diogo Jota
21. Kostas Tsimikas
22. Loris Karius
23. Xherdan Shaqiri
26. Andy Robertson
27. Divock Origi
28. Ben Davies
32. Joel Matip
46. Rhys Williams
47. Nat Phillips
53. Harvey Davies
54. Sheyi Ojo
56. Vitezslav Jaros
58. Ben Woodburn
59. Harry Wilson
62. Caoimhin Kelleher
64. Jake Cain
65. Leighton Clarkson
66. Trent Alexander-Arnold
67. Harvey Elliott
72. Sepp van den Berg
73. Kamil Grabara
75. Jakub Ojrzynski
76. Neco Williams
89. Billy Koumetio
98. Liam Hughes