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20th Jul 2018

Liverpool fans are delighted by which player has been given the number 10 shirt

The last player to wear the number 10 for Liverpool was Philippe Coutinho

Reuben Pinder

It was previously worn by Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool have not had a natural ‘number 10’, in a positional sense or a literal sense, since Philippe Coutinho left for Barcelona in January.

But the Reds have a new number 10, as Sadio Mané has taken the vacant shirt number, ditching his previous number of 19.

Mané is a fan favourite at Anfield, and his popularity will only have risen since his goal in the Champions League final, even if it turned out to be ultimately futile.

Fans are delighted by this change – not only does it give an important player an iconic number, but it now means their front three of Roberto Firmino, Mané and Mo Salah will wear numbers 9, 10 and 11 respectively. That’s just satisfying to look at.

The decision to give Mané such a significant number, which was probably being reserved for Nabil Fekir in case he joined, could indicate that Liverpool have given up on signing the Frenchman.