‘I hesitated a bit’ – Alexis Mac Allister reveals Steven Gerrard role in Liverpool decision

‘I hesitated a bit’ – Alexis Mac Allister reveals Steven Gerrard role in Liverpool decision

New Liverpool signing Alexis Mac Allister has explained that a conversation with his father about Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard led him to take the club’s vacant no.10 shirt over the former captain’s old no.8.

The Reds’ no.8 jersey is steeped in history as a direct result of Gerrard’s contributions during his 11-season spell donning the digit upon his back, and has only been taken on by one – Naby Keita – since the legends’ departure in 2015.

Unfortunately Keita’s time at the club was marred by injury problems, leaving the club for free this summer without reaching the heights many had hoped to see him reach.

With the shirt vacant, Liverpool’s new £35-million signing explained how a conversation with his father in the build-up to his move from Brighton led to him rejecting Gerrard’s old shirt out of respect and instead took up the mantle of former Anfield talents such as John Barnes, Michael Owen, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, as well as his Argentine heroes Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

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Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “One day, I was talking to my dad when he asked me what number I would wear for Liverpool. I knew there were several numbers available – including 10 and 8. The No 8 shirt is a very important number in that club because of Gerrard, so I hesitated a bit. I ended up choosing the 10, but 8 is a number that I like a lot and has a history at the club.”

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The World Cup winner also wore the no.10 for his former club on the south coast over his four-year stint at the Amex Arena, and did so too for his first club, Argentinos Juniors.

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  • June 25, 2023