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New Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli takes Garstang teen’s squad number

Adam Phillips played for Liverpool in their pre-season game at Preston North End.

Adam Phillips played for Liverpool in their pre-season game at Preston North End.

New £16m Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has taken the number 45 shirt previously worn by Garstang teenager Adam Phillips.

Phillips, 16, was given number 45 during this summer’s pre-season but the number is famously worn by Balotelli and the Italian has predictably requested it for his new club.

Midfielder Phillips made his full Liverpool debut in Denmark in July and also played against Preston North End at Deepdale.

He was then picked to join the first team squad on their US tour.

Phillips has since returned to life in the Liverpool FC Academy, and travelled to Holland as part of a squad which played in the Otten Cup earlier this month.

However, after slotting home the penalty which secured Liverpool’s place in the final, Phillips was sent off in the final, which Red Bull Brasil won 3-0.

 

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