Roberto Firmino – Liverpool’s marquee summer signing thus far – will wear the number eleven shirt next season, after our official website confirmed the choices for our new signings earlier this week.
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The 23-year-old, who signed for the Reds from Hoffenheim in a £29m deal last month (via BBC Sport), already wears the number for Brazil and has scored four goals in his first ten games for the five-time World Cup winners.
Firmino will now have to try and emulate five great Reds from times gone by who have all worn the shirt before him. We’ve listed each of those players for you below, along with three slightly more forgettable individuals who were less successful as our number eleven.
Five to remember…
Liddell spent his entire professional career with the Reds and is widely regarded as one of our greatest ever players. The winger scored 215 goals in 492 league games either side of the Second World War, spending a grand total of 23 years at Anfield. He helped lead us to our first league title in 24 years in 1947 and guided us to the FA Cup final three years later. He was nicknamed “Liddellpool” due to his influence and incredible loyalty.
Thompson joined the Reds from Preston in 1963 and spent the next decade on Merseyside, scoring 41 goals in 322 league games. He helped us to win two first division titles and the FA Cup, while he also won 16 caps for England in the 1960s. He was known for his great pace and he initially tormented defenders with that alone before, in his later years, having to adjust to playing a more traditional game. He finished his career with five years at Bolton.