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    Wednesday, 22 June 2022

    Who is Liverpool's greatest number 10? - Tom Doyle

    Sadio Mane and Liverpool's love story has come to an end, with the Senegal star completing his summer transfer to Bayern Munich

    Liverpool's No.10 Sadio Mane joins Bayern Munich

    The curtain has come down on Mane's Anfield career - but where does the Senegal star rank among other Liverpool icons who have donned the number 10 jersey?

    Mane's Anfield exit was confirmed on June 22 as Liverpool bid a fond farewell to a player who has won it all over six seasons on Merseyside.

    Mane was initially handed the No19 shirt after signing from Southampton in summer 2016, and his glittering form over the next two seasons earned him an upgrade to the hallowed No10 previously worn by Philippe Coutinho.

    Mane's Anfield record speaks for itself: the 30-year-old became an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's all-conquering Reds side, forming a lethal front three alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

    Mane lifted the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in a Liverpool shirt, scoring 120 goals in 269 appearances in total.

    While Mane was undoubtedly a team player, the individual prizes are plenty: the 2019 African Footballer of the Year was fourth in the Ballon d'Or vote the same year, and made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year four times.

    He also shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2019, and left Liverpool fans with plenty of memories - which you can also discuss here at your leisure.

    In terms of his rivals for top spot in the No10 debate,
    John Barnes cannot be ignored. Two titles and two FA Cups don't necessarily reflect the huge influence he had at Anfield, delighting Liverpool fans and responding to sickening abuse with his phenomenal ability.

    Sticking with another John now - John Toshack won three titles, the European Cup and FA Cup among other trophies at Anfield. A near-telepathic understanding with Kevin Keegan drove the Reds to glory, scoring 96 goals in 247 games.

    And then, of course, there is Michael Owen : the boy wonder who electrified the Premier League with his incredible pace and eye for goal, scoring 158 in 297 matches. But his move to Real Madrid left a sour taste, and later switch to Manchester United saw certain sections of the Liverpool fanbase write him off altogether.

    So, where does Mane rank among those lucky enough to have worn the famous shirt number in front of The Kop?

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