Georginio Wijnaldum has become Liverpool’s latest big-money acquisition.
The Dutch attacking midfielder completed his £25 million move from Newcastle United on Friday evening and minutes later it was confirmed he’d taken the number five shirt.
But why No. 5? Wijnaldum explained the reason in his first interview with LFCTV.
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It’s not a tribute to Daniel Agger, Milan Baros or any of the other former Liverpool players who previously wore the number.
It’s because of superstitious reasons. Wijnaldum explains that he made his debut for Feyenoord nine years ago wearing that shirt number and it proved to be lucky.
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When he saw it was available at Anfield, he swiftly snapped it up.
Video: Wijnaldum explains why he picked No. 5
“On my debut for Feyenoord nine years ago I had No.5, because all the other numbers were already taken,” the 25-year-old explained.
“It went well, and it has been a lucky number for me. When I came to Liverpool it was also available, which is why I took it.”
Zidane also wore No. 5...
Five is an unusual number for a playmaker, although Zinedine Zidane wore it during his spell with Real Madrid.
And if it’s good enough for Zizou, it’s surely good enough for Wijnaldum.
Klopp has faith in Wijnaldum
The Dutchman will feel he has a point to prove after failing to save Newcastle United from relegation last season, although Jurgen Klopp has complete faith in his ability.
"I am so happy that we have got him and he can join us now in the USA,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think he can be a great player for us. He has already shown some really good moments in his career but the most exciting and important thing for me and my staff is that there is still so much extra to come from him.
“When I talked to him I could tell that he knows we have to work together to get this level out of him to all be successful for the team.”
Wijnaldum could make his first appearance for the Reds on Wednesday night against Chelsea.
Liverpool then play AC Milan, AS Roma, Barcelona and Mainz 05 before their Premier League campaign gets underway against Arsenal on August 14.
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