With the transfer window closing with a bit of a whisper yesterday, Liverpool FC’s squad headed into the impending 2018-2019 season looks to be settled. With the late exit of Danny Ings to Southampton, there’s really no other news to report on the verge of Liverpool’s first match of the season against West Ham in the way of incoming personnel.
There is, however, the not insignificant detail of squad numbers. And, on that front, the newest of members to Jurgen Klopp’s Red side have finally made the official announcement as to what will be placed onto the back of their respective jerseys.
Today, the club have released an official announcement that Alisson Becker and Fabinho have made their decisions as to their squad numbers. The massive keeper will be wearing the #13 jersey and Fabinho will now be wearing the #3.
An interesting wrinkle contained within Liverpool FC’s official announcement is that young forward Rhian Brewster - he of the shiny and new professional contract - has been given a first team squad number: the #24. This looks like a positive sign for the precocious youngster and hopefully means that he could see some minutes in what looks to be a rather involved campaign for the Reds.
Tampering expectations, of course, means reminding that young Ben Woodburn failed to find consistent minutes last season despite being ahead on the development chart and is now out on loan. That obviously does not mean that Woodburn failed to impress, but rather that the nature of breaking through on a team as loaded in the attacking spaces can make it difficult to break through. Still, with this team looking to compete on multiple fronts and with his primary youth competitors off on loan elsewhere, Brewster must like his chances of making the pitch while wearing the Red shirt and doing his best to audition for a permanent spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And all of that brings us ever closer to the Eve of the season. Almost there, Reds. Almost there.