How Liverpool’s Number 10s in the Premier League Fared After Mac Allister Takes Iconic Number

How Liverpool’s Number 10s in the Premier League Fared After Mac Allister Takes Iconic Number

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 9, 2023 at 2:15 PM
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  • Liverpool have completed the signing of Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton
  • The World Cup winner will wear the iconic number 10 which he also wore at his former club
  • Mac Aliister revealed he turned down Steven Gerrard’s number 8 shirt vacated by Naby Keita

Alexis Mac Allister will don the iconic number 10 jersey, after completing a move from Brighton and Hove Albion to Liverpool for a reported bargain of £35 million.

After the Argentine midfielder won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, moving to a bigger club became inevitable, and Merseyside is confirmed to be his new home.

In his own words, he turned down the most revered number - 8 - previously won by club legend, Steven Gerrard and recently vacated by Naby Keita, who joined Werder Bremen.

Alexis Mac Allister, Liverpool, AXA Training Centre, Kirkby.
Alexis Mac Allister shows off his shirt number after joining Liverpool. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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Sports Brief looks at the past players who have worn the number 10 for the Reds in the Premier League era and how they fared.

1. Sadio Mane

Arguably the greatest of them all in terms of success achieved for the club. He formed a deadly trio with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, helping the club win six trophies, including their first Premier League title in 30 years in 2020.

According to BBC Sports, the Senegalese star left the club last summer and joined German champions, Bayern Munich for a similar amount for which the Reds signed him from Southampton.

2. Michael Owen

Possibly the most significant individual among the number 10s. Owen is a Liverpool academy graduate and won the Ballon d’Or as a 22-year-old in 2001, helping the club swoop all competitions they played in except the Premier League.

3. John Barnes

Barnes was a fan-favourite at Anfield and a vital squad member that won the club’s last top flight title in 1989/1990 with 28 goals, for many decades until the triumphant group of 2019/2020 under Jurgen Klopp.

4. Phillipe Coutinho

The Brazilian playmaker was a delight to watch, but more importantly, his £142 mil transfer to Barcelona in 2018 laid the ground for Klopp’s successful team, which includes the signing of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, as Planet Football reports.

5. Luis Garcia

The Spaniard spent three years at Liverpool, sandwiched between spells at Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in his home country. He was part of the 2005 Champions League-winning squad in Istanbul, as well as scoring a 'ghost goal' against Chelsea in the semi-final.

6. Joe Cole

The English midfielder is among the least successful players to wear the number. He spent three years at Anfield but played more games for Lille on loan between than he did for Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool.

7. Andriy Voronin

The ponytailed Ukrainian forward was signed from Bayer Leverkusen but failed to make an impact. He spent a season on loan at Hertha Berlin before he was shipped to Russia with Dynamo Moscow.

Europe’s breakout stars of 2022/23

Sports Brief also listed 11 breakout stars in European leagues in the recently concluded 2022/23 season, which includes Mac Allister and Brighton teammates, Moises Caicedo and Kaoru Mitoma.

The 24-year-old was relatively unknown until he starred for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He had 15 goals and numerous assists for the Seagulls, his highest ever tally in a single season.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.