New Liverpool signing explains reasons behind shirt number
Georginio Wijnaldum will be wearing the number five shirt for Liverpool next season
Georginio Wijnaldum has explained why the Dutch midfielder has opted to wear the number five Liverpool shirt.
It’s quite a lucky number for me, I feel good with a No.5
The 25-year-old became Jurgen Klopp’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window after Liverpool completed a deal with Newcastle United for the Netherlands international on Friday afternoon.
Wijnaldum has signed a long-term deal with the 18-time English champions just 12 months after the playmaker swapped Eredivisie holders PSV Eindhoven for the Magpies in an £11.4m transfer.
Having worn number five as a Newcastle player, Liverpool supporters won’t be surprised to learn that Wijaldum has stuck with the same shirt number following his Anfield move.
However, the Dutch star revealed that his decision was influenced by something that happened nine years ago.
“On my debut at Feyenoord nine years ago, I had No.5. I started with [that number] because all the other numbers were already taken,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s website.
“It went well for a few games but when I went to PSV I had No.10 because they held the No.10 for me.
“And when I went to England with Newcastle they gave me a choice of a few numbers and the No.5 was free, so I thought I began with that number and it’s a new start in a new country – I will play as a No.5 again and see how it works. It’s quite a lucky number for me, I feel good with a No.5 and when I came to Liverpool it was also free so I took it.”
Liverpool have been very busy in the summer transfer window.
Klopp added Loris Karius to his squad in a £4.7m deal from Mainz at the start of the summer before Sadio Mane completed a £30m move to Liverpool from Southampton earlier this month.
The Liverpool boss snapped up Ragnar Klavan in a £5m deal from Augsburg before Alex Manninger and Wijanldum joined the 18-time English champions on Friday afternoon.
Marko Grujic and Joel Matip have also linked up with the Liverpool squad after agreeing deals to move to Anfield earlier this year.