Dominik Szoboszlai has explained his decision to take Liverpool’s No. 8 shirt upon joining – partly inspired by his Steven Gerrard tattoo!
Szoboszlai completed his £60 million move to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, becoming the Reds’ second signing of the summer.
The latest signing has inherited the No. 8 shirt vacated by Naby Keita this summer, but, of course, most famously worn by Gerrard.
Gerrard is a touchstone for the majority of players signed by Liverpool in recent years, with memories of his heroics as captain of the club – including at Istanbul – shining through.
It is much the same for Szoboszlai, who even has a quote from the legendary midfielder on his arm, reading: “Talent is a divine blessing, but without incredible will and humility, it is worth nothing.”
Speaking to LFCTV upon his transfer to Anfield, the 22-year-old explained his decision to take up the No. 8 shirt.
“Not [for] a special reason, but of course it’s a great number,” he said.
“A lot of great players had this number.
“And also I have a tattoo from Steven Gerrard, what he said – I don’t even remember when but before – so it was also a reason why.”
Before Gerrard, the No. 8 shirt was worn by Emile Heskey, with other previous incumbents in the Premier League era being Oyvind Leonhardsen, Stan Collymore, Jamie Redknapp and Paul Stewart.
It was undoubtedly the 43-year-old who made it iconic in the modern day, which has in turn inspired Szoboszlai.