Liverpool new boy Danny Ings will take over the number 28 shirt at Anfield next season, as he is wary of taking a significant number, insisting that he must earn it before being linked with the club’s former great players, The Guardian reports.
Ings is currently away with the England under-21 side taking part in their European Championship adventure in the Czech Republic, but has revealed that he will take up the obscure number 28 shirt when he heads for Merseyside because he hasn’t earned the right to take a more culturally significant shirt number yet.
Shirts numbers ‘7’ and ‘9’ are both held in high regard at Anfield, with the No7 shirt having been worn by Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Peter Beardsley and Luis Suárez and, the No9 shirt having been donned by the likes of Ian St John, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler.
And of course, the No8 shirt, which has recently been vacated by Steven Gerrard.
“I stayed away from the low numbers,” the 22-year-old said of his selection.
“You have got to take that pressure off yourself as a young lad coming through. That is what I personally think.
“I would make sure I am established before taking any of those numbers,” he added.
“It is such a huge club. That was the thinking behind it. I wouldn’t want to go to Liverpool and chuck a shirt on my back like that … it is pressure you don’t need. The expectation at clubs like that is huge. Obviously I am going to work my socks off to earn that number one day. For now I will take a high number and work hard.”