Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Alisson Becker to wear number 13 on Liverpool debut

Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Eugene Bates | 04 August, 2018, 19:46

Liverpool released an official statement announcing Alisson's "provisional" number, and confirmed that the goalkeeper will be assigned an official number in due course.

Liverpool face Napoli on Saturday as they wind down their pre-season, with Alisson set to make his debut.

Liverpool signed the 25-year-old Brazil global from Roma last month, smashing the world record for a goalkeeper in a deal worth £67m.

Loris Karius now holds the No. 1 jersey at Anfield, with Simon Mignolet the club's No. 22, but it's been reported that both players could be offloaded by manager Jurgen Klopp this summer.

Likewise, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who Klopp has allowed to return to training a week earlier than expected. We planned it a long, long time ago - it was still last season when we said we wanted to have this game, to make it possible for all the people in Liverpool to come to Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Adam has also questioned how well Shaqiri will react to being on the bench at Anfield, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah likely to Jurgen Klopp's first choice picks in the wide positions.

The Brazilian striker is back with his club team-mates after a post-World Cup break.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp promised Mignolet would play 85 to 87 per cent of his side's matches last season, but then dropped the Belgian, putting error-prone Loris Karius between the sticks. Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates.

Liverpool's final pre-season friendly will also be against a Serie A side, Torino, on August 7.

The German first threw the ball directly out to Karim Benzema for the game's opener, before fumbling Gareth Bale's shot from range to give Real their 3-1 lead.

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