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Five players who could take Sadio Mané's no.10 shirt at Liverpool next season

Here are five players who could take the number 10 shirt at Liverpool if Sadio Mané leaves the club this summer. It’s a legendary number at the club.

It certainly seems as though Sadio Mané will leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich. That’s what just about every report claims – even if the Bavarians’ opening bid was labelled ‘laughable’, per the Athletic.

Still, we expect Mané to leave Liverpool as a true legend and with that, another name goes down in history having worn the no.10 at Anfield. He follows the likes of Terry McDermott, John Barnes, Michael Owen, Philippe Coutinho and Andriy Voronin to have left their mark on the shirt.

So who could be next? It’s not a number Liverpool are likely to leave vacant for very long – we could see a new one next season. And with that, here are five players who could take it up.

The Liverpool no.10 shirt

Darwin Nunez

So here’s the most obvious one. Liverpool look like breaking their transfer record to sign Nunez this summer, essentially as Mané’s replacement. He’ll need a squad number, too, and 10 will be the most prominent one.

Yes, he’s more of a no.9 but unless Roberto Firmino leaves, it won’t be free. He could take a less ‘known’ number and wait it out but we imagine he’ll opt for 10. If it’s free.

Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool have already made a signing, of course. Carvalho arrives from Fulham on July 1st as a playmaker of wonderful talent. And what better number for such a player?

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The question is, does a teenager have the nerve to rock up at Anfield and take one of its most famous shirts? Perhaps it’ll be a good sign if he does. Certainly, it’s a sign of his upcoming involvement.

Harvey Elliott

Maybe another young playmaker fancies the shirt, though. Elliott currently wears no.67 and while he may decide that’s simply his number from now on, that 10 must be tempting.

Though Elliott picked 67 because it has a 7 in it – he dreams of wearing that number. He might just wait until James Milner’s off.

Diogo Jota

Jota currently wears that no.20 shirt – perhaps he wants more a first-XI number, though. He’s worn 18 at times in his career, too, and they both do feel like backup numbers to the 10.

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It would certainly be a sign that he’s ready to step up into the role Mané leaves behind.

Luis Diaz

Diaz only arrived in January and to be fair, the no.23 has history there. There’s Jamie Carragher and young Robbie Fowler who made their way wearing the shirt. It’s also just one of sport’s great numbers thanks to Michael Jordan.

But Diaz’s rapid rise might see him want to take one of football’s greatest – arguably the greatest. But maybe he’s another who plays the waiting game. Diaz wears 14 for Colombia, after all, and 7 for Porto. They could each be available in a few years.

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