Harvey Elliott can finally end Liverpool's underwhelming history of number 19's - RTK View


Harvey Elliott can finally end Liverpool's underwhelming history of number 19's - RTK View

Harvey Elliott has a new number for Liverpool. As announced on liverpoolfc.com, the 19-year-old is now taking number, well, nineteen.

It’s an interesting choice from Elliott, although admittedly there weren’t too many options available.

Playing a part in his thinking may have been the chance to truly make a shirt at the club his own. Since the number was first worn in 1993, there have been 12 different occupiers of it, none for more than four years.

The number has been worn by five different players in the last 10 years, with varying degrees of success. So just in case you’d somehow forgotten, here are the last five Liverpool number 19’s.

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Centre-back’s fail to make an impression

The most recent occupier was Turkish defender Ozan Kabak. Signed amidst Liverpool’s centre-back crisis of 2020/21, Kabak never really stood a chance at Anfield.

He was brought in from Schalke on-loan in January 2021, but the option to buy permanently was never exercised. Kabak largely did OK during his 13 appearances for Liverpool, but wasn’t given the opportunity to extend his stay in the number 19 beyond six months.

Prior to Kabak’s time at the club, the last centre-back Liverpool brought in on-loan also wore the number 19.

That man was Steven Caulker, who was somewhat bizarrely brought in as one of Jurgen Klopp’s first signings in January 2016. Like Kabak, Caulker wore the shirt for just half-a-season, making four appearances.

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Rounding out the loan army

Amazingly, three of the last five wearers of Liverpool’s number 19 have actually been on loan at Anfield. The third member of that pretty underwhelming trio was Spanish full-back Javi Manquillo.

The then 20-year-old arrived at Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2014. After starting the season in the team, Manquillo quickly fell out of favour under Brendan Rodgers.

After 19 appearances he returned from where he came and the number 19 shirt was free again.

Wing wizards with mixed spells

Of the most recent incumbents of the number 19, the most successful was without doubt Sadio Mane. The Senegalese took the shirt upon signing for Liverpool in 2016.

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Mane spent two seasons wearing the number, scoring 33 goals in 73 games. Having made his mark at Anfield, he moved onto the number 10 shirt, which he made his own before leaving this summer.

Finally, rounding off the famous five is England international Stewart Downing.

Downing arrived with a big price-tag in 2012, but never really lived up to the billing. He struggled to make the step up from Aston Villa and left after two years, with seven goals and 91 appearances to his name.

Not a huge legacy for Elliott to overcome, then. Perhaps that’s all part of the plan.

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