Anthony Gordon could inherit famous Liverpool number - but can't have own name on his shirt

A detailed view of the shirt of Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United inside the Newcastle United dressing room prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Newcastle United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at St. James Park
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Anthony Gordon might have been denied a dream transfer to Liverpool before the June 30 PSR deadline, but he could still move to Anfield this summer.

The Reds did not make an official offer to Newcastle United after being contacted by the Magpies, with their desire to sign Jarell Quansah as part of any deal making it a non-starter. But Liverpool have been credited with interest in the England international for a number of months, and it would be no surprise if such a saga now rumbles on.

Reports on Monday claimed that Gordon’s head had been turned by his boyhood club after becoming aware of the possibility of the switch. And while the Reds are currently well-stocked on the left-wing, that could change later in the summer if, for example, Barcelona tested their resolve for Luis Diaz.

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As things stand, should Gordon join Liverpool, he would be denied his desired squad numbers.

He wore number 10 at Newcastle last season, having initially been allocated number seven after signing from Everton in January 2023, and also adorned 10 during his final half-season at Goodison Park. While the Reds’ famous number seven would become available if Diaz moved on and could be up for grabs as a result, as uncertainty about his future continues, Alexis Mac Allister occupies the number 10 jersey.

Meanwhile, currently wearing number 18 with England at Euro 2024, he would be denied that jersey too with Cody Gakpo the current occupier at Anfield. And while previously number 11 for England Under-21s when named player of the tournament at last summer’s European Championships, it would take a bold man to ask Mohamed Salah to relinquish such a jersey!

However, if he wished to wear a familiar shirt number, he could take over Liverpool’s number 24. He adorned such digits for two seasons at Everton, with the jersey unoccupied at Anfield since Rhian Brewster’s move to Sheffield United in October 2020.

Prior to becoming Everton’s number 24, Gordon wore number 42 for the Blues. Yet Bobby Clark is currently in possession of such a number.

Should Gordon opt for a new squad number if he did end up joining the Reds, he could currently take his pick from numbers six, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 30, with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving some of the lower shirts vacant. Numbers 31 through to 37 are currently also free, along with 39, 40 and 41, but the majority beyond that are taken up by first team stars like Trent Alexander-Arnold or academy starlets like Jayden Danns.

Yet it wouldn’t just be a desired shirt number that Gordon could be denied if he moved to Liverpool - he might not be permitted his name on the back of his shirt either!

In Kaide Gordon, the Reds already possess such a name in their ranks. Consequently, should the young winger not leave the club on loan this summer, Liverpool would need to differentiate between the pair.

Gordon currently wears number 49 for the Reds and could add a ‘K.’ to his jersey. Yet with the teenager already on the books at Liverpool, it would perhaps be more likely that the Newcastle man would instead have to go by ‘A. Gordon’. Being referred to simply by his first name of 'Anthony' would appear unlikely.

Of course, in such a scenario, Gordon wouldn’t put the first player in Liverpool’s current ranks to not carry just their surname on the back of their shirt.

Captain Virgil van Dijk goes by ‘Virgil’, Salah wears ‘M. Salah’ on the back of his shirt, while Luis Diaz’s shirt carries both his names. Darwin Nunez boasts ‘Darwin’, and Diogo Jota is ‘Diogo J’.

Admittedly, it is a little premature to be getting your Anthony Gordon Liverpool shirts printed anytime soon. But should he end up joining the Reds, he’ll have to get used to a slightly new look on the back of his jersey.