Did You Know? Liverpool Edition.

You may know some of these Liverpool facts, but do you know all of them?
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You know that Virgil van Dijk is, ‘....our centre half, he’s our number four....’🎵, Mohamed Salah is the Egyptian King and Roberto Firmino loves a no look goal, but do you know all of these facts about the current Liverpool squad?

Liverpool Player Names

Diogo Jota

Did you know Diogo Jota's real name? 

Diogo Jota’s full name is Diogo José Teixeira da Silva. “Jota” is in fact his nickname. Whilst playing for Wolves in the Championship Jota had ‘Jota’ on the back of his shirt but when Wolves were promoted to the Premier League he had to change his shirt name as the Premier League do not permit nicknames on back of their shirts. The winger therefore changed his shirt name to ‘Diogo J’.

Roberto Firmino’s full name is in fact Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira. Another fact about Firmino is that he made his name at Brazilian club Figueirense where he played as a defensive midfielder.

Adrian’s full name is Adrian San Miguel del Castillo.

Not many know that is Mohamed Salah’s full name is actually is Mohamed Salah Ghaly. The Egyptian has scored an abundance of goals for Liverpool but did you know in November 2011, Salah managed to score his first international goal for Egypt at just 19 years of age.

(An easy one) Alisson is in fact Alisson Becker.

Our central defensive midfielder Fabinho’s full name is Fábio Henrique Tavares. The Brazilian has also been nicknamed ‘Flaco’ by Virgil van Dijk.

Thiago’s name is Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento and he is the older brother of Paris Saint-Germain player Rafinha who plays for Brazil whereas Thiago plays for Spain.

Liverpool Players: Previous Clubs

Dejan Lovren was one of six players bought from Southampton over a four year span. 

Dejan Lovren was one of six players bought from Southampton over a four year span. 

Between 2014-2018 Liverpool bought a total of six Southampton players. The first three being Rickie Lambert on 2nd June 2014, Adam Lallana on 1st July 2014 and Dejan Lovren on 27th July 2014.

The following summer Nathaniel Clyne joined the Reds on 1st July 2015.

Then the next summer after that seen Sadio Mané join Liverpool in 2016. Fun fact - in 2015 while still playing for Southampton, Mané set a new Premier League record by scoring a hattrick inside an astonishing 2 minutes and 56 seconds against Aston Villa.

Then the last of the latter of the six Saints’ transfers was Virgil van Dijk who officially became a Liverpool player on 1st January 2018 when he was signed for a record breaking £75 million.

While at Rio Ave, Fabinho spend his entire time there on loan at Real Madrid’s reserve team Real Madrid Castilia during the 2012-13 season. In early May 2013 first team manger Zinedine Zidane gave the young player his one and only first team appearance for Real Madrid in La Liga. Fabinho came on in defense with just 16 minutes left to play and gave the assist to the sixth and final goal of that day.

Xherdan Shaqiri played for Bayern Munich between 2012-2015 where he made 52 appearances, scored 11 goals and won nine domestic and continental honours. He then transferred to Inter Milan in January 2015 where he made 15 appearances and scored one goal before transferring to Stoke City just seven months later.

Squad numbers

Roberto Firmino (C), Mohamed Salah (L) and Sadio Mane (R) celebrate

Roberto Firmino celebrates with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

In 2015 when Firmino joined Liverpool he took the No. 11 shirt. Two years later Salah joined and wished to have his favored No. 11. According to Salah the club asked Firmino if he would be willing to take the vacant No. 9 to allow Salah the No. 11. Firmino obliged and our false nine now of course wears No. 9.

If you have a good memory you will remember that Sadio Mané use to wear No. 19 (now worn by Ozan Kabak) before the No. 10 shirt became available when Philippe Coutinho left the club.

It came to a shock to many when James Milner took the vacant No. 7 shirt which was previously worn by Luis Suarez and was also given the vice captaincy in his first season.

Liverpool Records

Dubbed the Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah has lived up his name since his very first season for the Reds. In his debut season in all competitions he made 52 apps, scored a breathtaking 44 goals and created 16 assists. 32 of those goals were in the Premier League. The stats do not stop there with Salah (as of writing) taking his total of goals this season so far to 21 which makes him the first Liverpool player in the club’s history to reach 20 goals a season in three consecutive seasons in the Premier League era.

In Liverpool’s recent win away at Old Trafford it was Salah’s 200th appearance for Liverpool and his goal marked his 170th direct goal contribution - 124 goals and 46 assists at the time of writing.

Naby Keita holds the record for the quickest goal scored in Premier League history. The Guinean scored within 15 seconds from the kick off when he netted against Huddersfield Town at Anfield in April 2019.

Last season seen Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy and rewrite the history books on multiple occasions. Some of these records include:

  • Biggest lead at the top - 25 point lead.
  • Most home wins in a row.
  • Earliest title win - seven matches to spare which seen the Reds beat the previous record of five set by Manchester United in 2000/01 and Manchester City in 2017/18.
  • Best start ever - Liverpool reached 62 points from their opening 21 matches which was the most any team had ever accumulated at any stage in Europe’s top five leagues! They then went onto break their own record by winning their next six matches to rack up 79 points from their first 27 games before losing to Watford.

Hopefully these facts will come in handy if you every take part in a Zoom quiz, pub quiz or a quiz TV show.