Emre Can has stated that he asked for the number 23 jersey when he signed for Liverpool in the summer.
The Germany U21 international was aware of the importance of the number but said that does not feel any extra pressure due to wearing it.
Both Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler wore the number 23 jersey before Can.
“I’m obviously aware of the importance of number 23 in Liverpool history,” Can told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s a big honour for me to wear the number 23 after Carragher retired but I don’t feel any extra pressure as such.
“At the end of the day it’s a number that you play and the team has to pick a number. For me it wouldn’t make a difference to wear 23 or 99, I always go out there and do my best for the team.
“But I definitely wanted the number 23 because there is a high importance for this number – I actively asked for it.”
Can has one assist and one goal in 31 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.
oth Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler before him.The 21-year-old has been played as a defender for much of the season despite joining Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen as a central midfielder.
Liverpool have only lost one Premier League game in which Can has started in defence this season