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After his £35 million move to Liverpool was made official today, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shirt number has been revealed.
Though the 24-year old was probably hoping for the No.8 worn by the legendary Steven Gerrard at Arsenal, Liverpool's club-record signing Naby Keita, who will join next summer, has taken on the former skipper's number.
And with the No.15 he wore in his six years at Arsenal currently occupied by his England colleague Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool have now confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain will wear the No.21 after his five-year contract was signed.
The number @Alex_OxChambo will wear at #LFC... :red_circle: https://t.co/B0xiKSDYqE pic.twitter.com/IRmrtTe6fL
- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017
FOOTBALL: #LFC announce that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will the number 21 shirt.
- BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) August 31, 2017
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's number has been revealed. He will be wearing the number 21 shirt for Liverpool formerly worn by Lucas Leiva:thumbsup: pic.twitter.com/Xl0ydDV8Gt
- Mani Masteriza (@mani_masteriza) August 31, 2017
BREAKING: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will wear the number 21 shirt at Liverpool.
- Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 31, 2017
The No.21 does have a fair bit of significance for Reds fans given that former fan favourite Lucas Leiva wore it for ten years after signing in 2007. He left for Lazio earlier this summer, and now Chamberlain has been handed the very same shirt number he left vacant.
Here's how fans reacted:
- Jake Soady (@J_Soady) August 31, 2017
rip lucas, go sign vvd to make him happy
- Rasmus Kynde (@Kynde96) August 31, 2017
Lucas died for this.
- FUCKING GET VVD (@FuckingGetVVD) August 31, 2017
Nice to see the dedication of making the shirt number 21 for our 21st title, cheers lads
- Cam (@Cameronmo18) August 31, 2017
Lucas is crying.
- We Go Again (@scouser_me) August 31, 2017
Lemar is crying
- Alifand (@alifandmpr) August 31, 2017
well, there goes my wishes :red_circle::punch::red_circle: looks good though!! pic.twitter.com/8IW2IzCLvA
- Porcelain :game_die: (@Porcelain151) August 31, 2017
Big call taking the number of Liverpool legend @LucasLeiva87
- Darragh Calnan (@darraghcalnan) August 31, 2017
Liverpool's new signing taking on the No.21 was heavily rumoured earlier today after he was spotted in a Liverpool training kit, leading to Lucas himself reacting on Instagram.
Looks like @LucasLeiva87 doesn't want to see anyone else wear the 21 shirt just yet! Too soon? pic.twitter.com/qrm2aubXEk
- The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) August 31, 2017
Chamberlain, meanwhile, becomes Liverpool's fourth signing and had the following short message to say to Liverpool's official website after the deal was wrapped up:
"I'm currently away with England, so I'm at St George's Park. Firstly, I'm delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.
"I'm not going to say too much today; I'm here with England and we've got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can't wait to get to Melwood and you'll hear first from me on LFCTV."
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