Newly minted Liverpool striker to wear the number 7 shirt next season: Can he live up to the expectations?

The names Kenny Dalglish, Ian Callaghan and Kevin Keegan come to mind when you recall legends that put on the red number 7 shirt at Anfield of the years. After watching the number go missing last season thanks to an often-injured Aussie, it appears the number is once again changing hands, only this time the stakes seem to be higher than ever.

The Liverpool Echo is reporting that new signing Robbie Keane will be Liverpool’s new number 7 this season when the team takes the pitch. Being a Liverpool fan, he already understands that he has some big shoes to fill.

“I’ve always liked that number but I’m going to be number 7 here and I know what a special shirt that is and what it means to everyone associated with the club. So I just hope I can do it justice.

“Being a Liverpool fan, I know all about the status that goes with the number 7 and to come here and be given the opportunity to wear that shirt is great for me.

“I’m not going to worry about pressure or anything like that, though. I’m not the kind of person who lets things like that get to me. I am the way I am and I would never try to compare myself with someone like Peter Beardsley or Kenny Dalglish.

“They were fantastic players and they are legends at this club, but hopefully I can do well in my own right and do justice to the shirt and myself.” (Liverpool Echo)

Keane was a fantastic talent at Tottenham, and judging by his love for his new club, one would have to believe that he’ll do an admirable job living up to the lofty standards set by former number 7’s before him.

Do Liverpool supporters believe Keane is the right man to wear the number 7? Or do you think there is another player at the club that should be wearing the famed shirt this season?

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