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Why does Luis Diaz wear the number '23' of the historic Jamie Carragher at Liverpool?

By Charles Cornwall

Why does Luis Diaz wear the number '23' of the historic Jamie Carragher at Liverpool?

Luis Diaz signed for Liverpool in January 2022 and surprised more than a few people with his choice of number.

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Luis Diaz signed for Liverpool in January 2022 and surprised more than a few people with his choice of shirt number. Although many doubted whether he would be up to Liverpool's standards, the Colombian has made it clear that he is looking to make history with the 'Reds' since making his debut. The midfielder never ceases to amaze millions of fans, who want to know more and more about the Barrancas-born player.

On Monday, Diaz scored a stunning goal after taking out at least five Crystal Palace players to earn a 1-1 draw. Among the curiosities is the fact that he chose to wear such an unconventional shirt for his time at Anfield. After wearing big numbers such as 10 or 7, the player finally decided to wear '23′ on his back.

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Why did he choose it? The former Porto player said that his past was the key to choose the 23 over the rest of the jerseys he was offered. "The main reason for choosing it is because I used to wear it before in the team where I started my career as a player in Junior de Barranquilla. That's where I took my first steps in the game, so I grew up wearing that number and things went well for me. That's what gave me the idea to pick it up again and wear it here".

It is worth remembering that the number was worn by legends such as Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, and until a few years ago by Emre Can and Xherdan Shaqiri, who vacated the number following his departure from Liverpool and subsequent move to Lyon. Listening to those big names who used it in the past, it's up to me to take it well and do my best to help the team in everything they need from me, being ready to play," he said.

How did Luis Díaz come to Liverpool?

The Colombian striker experienced a unique moment before joining the Reds this season. With a great present in Portuguese football and with his country's national team, Diaz soon attracted the attention of several teams in Europe, surprised by the player's great ability. Liverpool were not the first to come close to signing him. In fact, Diaz came close to joining Tottenham. The deal fell through, however, due to the hand of Jürgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders, who managed to close the deal for the Colombian.


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