What Liverpool squad numbers are available to January transfers

What Liverpool squad numbers are available to January transfers

Liverpool Echo Sports·2020-12-23 14:00

With the January transfer window set to open on Saturday 2 January, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will dip their toes into the market.Despite their squad being decimated by injury so far this season, the Reds still lead the Premier League table by four points and have cemented top spot at Christmas for the third-year running.Takumi Minamino was Liverpools only January signing last year, with the Reds notoriously quiet in the winter window since Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club.Virgil van Dijk famously arrived in a £75m deal in January 2018, while Steven Caulker signed on loan two years earlier along with Marko Grujic, though the Serbian spent the remainder of that season on loan with Red Star Belgrade.But with Van Dijk and Joe Gomez expected to be ruled out for the majority of the season, Klopp could be tempted to recruit a centre-back if the right player became available.And with Gini Wijnaldums contract entering its final six months and the likes of Divock Origi being linked with a move away, could he look to strengthen elsewhere?Should Liverpool sign anyone in January, here are the vacant squad numbers that would be available to themVacant numbersFollowing Nathaniel Clyne's summer departure, the number 2 jersey is vacant at Anfield and is one that could be filled by a potential arrival at centre-back.Take our 30-second Liverpool transfer survey and let us know what Jurgen Klopp needs to do in the January window.Stephane Henchoz wore the shirt during his time with the club while Glen Johnson and Rob Jones were also notable incumbents during the Premier League era.Next up is the number 19 shirt, and the one worn by Caulker during his brief stint with the club.Sadio Mane was the last man to don the jersey before switching to number 10 following Philippe Coutinhos departure, while the likes of Fernando Morientes, Ryan Babel and Stewart Downing also wore it with limited success.Following Rhian Brewsters summer move to Sheffield United, the number 24 jersey is also vacant, having previously been worn by the likes of Danny Murphy, World Cup winner Bernard Diomede, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, David Ngog and Joe Allen.The number 25 shirt is also available with Cameron Brannagan technically the last holder despite never wearing it in competitive action. Pepe Reina and cult hero Igor Biscan famously wore the jersey during their stints at Anfield, as did Neil Ruddock and David Thompson.Danny Ings old number 28 shirt remains available with Steven Gerrard first breaking into the first team when donning the jersey in the 90s, though the likes of Bruno Cheyrou, Stephen Warnock, Damien Plessis and Christian Poulsen failed to live up to such standards.Dominic Solanke and Fabio Borini's old number 29 shirt is also available, perhaps suggesting any new strikers arriving at Anfield should stay clear of the jersey.Numbers 30 and 31 are also open, last worn by Suso and Raheem Sterling respectively, while number 33 remains vacant since Jordon Ibe left the club.Sign up to our free LFC email newsletterGet all the latest Liverpool injury and team news as Klopp faces selection dilemma, plus breaking news and analysis of what's next for the Reds.You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter.Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds!Adam Bogdan's old number 34, Kevin Stewart's old number 35 and Samed Yesil's old number 36 also remain vacant.As do numbers 37, 38 and 39 which were most famously worn by Jari Litmanen and Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan and Craig Bellamy respectively, while number 40 has remained vacant since Ryan Kent left the club.With a number of youngsters utilised since Jurgen Klopp joined the club, most famously when the first team were spared duty because of fixture congestion in the League Cup and FA Cup last season, and with the Reds also fielding an Under-21s side in the EFL Trophy, they take up a large proportion of Liverpools higher numbers, along with the likes of first-teamers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams.These are the Reds remaining unallocated numbers43, 44, 49, 51, 55, 62, 71, 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 82, 83, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98.

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