Naby Keita Was Handed The Number 8 Shirt By Steven Gerrard
Liverpool have revealed that their summer signing Naby Keita will wear the famous number eight kit.
The number has important meaning, and the last player to wear it was - arguably - the Reds' greatest ever player, Steven Gerrard.
Keita was bought last summer for a figure that could raise to a £66 million total - but he won't become an official Liverpool player until July 1st.
Liverpool have today confirmed the arrival of midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig :page_facing_up::pen_ballpoint:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 27, 2018
And he's got an eye for a long-range banger too :eyes:
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And the midfielder was more than surprised when he was handed the new kit number, because it was none other Merseyside man and club legend Gerrard who gave it to him.
He said to Liverpoolfc.com: "It was an incredible day for me. He gave me the No.8 jersey. When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn't expect it.
"When he came in, I looked at him and said, 'wow' because he is a legend. He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here.
"If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it's not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did - that's my motivation."
Other players to be allocated the number in the history of Liverpool are Emile Heskey, Jamie Redknapp and Stan Collymore.
It's fair to say that, right now, Gerrard is the best Liverpool player to have worn the number eight. Can all that change with the arrival of 23-year-old Keita, though?