|First Name: Aderinsola |
Last Name: Babajide
DOB: June 17, 1998
Birthplace: London, England
The Liverpool number ten is a powerful one in terms of our club’s history. Worn by the likes of Steve McManaman, John Barnes, Jamie Redknapp, Ronnie Whelan, Phi Coutinho, Michael Owen and of course, our current number ten Sadio Mane. But Liverpool has another number ten wearing the Liverbird on their chest. From our Women’s team, meet Aderinsola “Rinsola” Babajide. The speedy scorer is one of Liverpool Women’s most important players.
Rinsola arrived at Liverpool in January of 2018. She had previously played for Watford Ladies and Milwall Lionesses in the years leading up to her signing for Liverpool. She made her professional debut while at Milwall, in a match against the London Bees.
A winner of the U20 World Cup bronze medal with England, she was Liverpool’s top goalscorer last season. Despite the Reds unfortunate relegation, Babajide agreed to renew her contract with LFC. Her re-signing with Liverpool gave the club a massive boost in their campaign to return to the top flight, especially with the loss of several key players in the wake of the relegation.
Born in London in 1998, Rinsola is of Nigerian heritage. In an interview she gave to thefa.com, Rinsola named Eni Aluko among her childhood heroes and inspiration. The Chelsea Women’s legend shares a common heritage and playing style with Babajide.
In 2020, Babajide received her first call to the Lionesses national team squad. Babajide has scored nine goals for the Reds in all competitions throughout her career so far, and as one of the best young players at the club she is going to be essential to Liverpool’s challenge for promotion. As the club’s top scorer this season (five goals), the versatile attacker has a bright future ahead of her for Liverpool and for England.