A reddit user has noted that Liverpool’s huge summer signing has changed his Instagram handle to @ChristianBenteke25 – and has predicted that it means the Belgian powerhouse will don the 25 this year.
The traditional striker’s numbers – 9 and 10 – are currently occupied by Rickie Lambert and Coutinho respectively – and Benteke’s fellow transfer window arrival Roberto Firmino took the vacant no.11.
In fact – between 1 and 30, only the no.1, no.5, no.8, no.13, no.16 and no.25 are available – and considering the 24-year-old wore the no.25 during his spell at Genk, fans are assuming the no.25 is Benteke’s.
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However, with Rickie Lambert almost certain to leave, with the club allowing him to speak to any potential suitors, the no.9 could become available before the start of the season.
It would be fitting for our marquee striker signing to get the iconic no.9 previously worn by Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres – although it hasn’t always symbolised goals for Liverpool.
El Hadji Diouf, Iago Aspas and Lambert and Andy Carroll have all had the no.9 in the Premier League – but whatever shirt Benteke ends up with – we’re backing him to score goals!