Lucas Leiva reacts to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's apparent shirt number at Liverpool

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It’s just a matter of time before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confirmed as a Liverpool player it seems.

The midfielder underwent a medical at England’s St George’s Park ahead of a £35 million move to Anfield, rejecting bigger contract offers from Arsenal and Chelsea in the meantime.

It’s believed that Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted to play centre midfielder - something that Jurgen Klopp can offer him at Anfield with Chelsea planning on using him as a right wing-back.

After completing his medical before England’s flight to Malta, Oxlade-Chamberlain was spotted in Liverpool training kit ahead of the club’s official announcement.

But the question that everyone is asking - what number will Oxlade Chamberlain wear at his new club?

He wore the number 15 at Arsenal but that number is currently occupied by Daniel Sturridge on Merseyside.

Instead, many believe he will wear the number 21. Website Anfield-online has listed him next to the number 21, while there is a photoshopped image of him wearing that shirt doing the rounds on social media.


Lucas Leiva's reaction

But it’s the reaction of Lucas Leiva that is perhaps the most telling.

After the image of Oxlade-Chamberlain emerged on Instagram holding up the number 21, Lucas Leiva left a cheeky comment on the picture.

Take a look:


Of course, Lucas donned that exact shirt number after he signed for the club in 2007 right up until this summer when he left for Lazio.

And the number meant so much to him that Kenny Dalglish handed him with a golden ’21’ on the final day of last season to mark his 10 years at the club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has some very big shoes to fill if he wants to become a club icon like Lucas, though.

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