Naby Keita makes promises to Liverpool FC supporters about No8 shirt
The Liverpool FC star is ready to do the number eight shirt justice at Anfield
Naby Keita has vowed to leave his mark on Liverpool FC’s prestigious number eight shirt.
The Guinea international completed a move to the Merseyside outfit in a £48m deal from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the 2018 summer transfer window.
Keita had to wait 12 months to finally link up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad after the Reds agreed a deal with the German club in July 2017 but agreed to wait another 12 months before adding him to their squad.
The 23-year-old was handed the number eight shirt as Keita became the first player to occupy the jersey since Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard left the Anfield outfit in 2015.
The African star made an eye-catching start to the Premier League season after Keita produced some moments of magic in a 4-0 win over West Ham United in their season opener at Anfield.
Keita started their opening three Premier League games as the Merseyside outfit eased to victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton.
However, the summer signing made just one start in their next five games to curtail his promising start to the Premier League campaign.
The new Liverpool FC number eight outlined his to follow in the footsteps of Gerrard and become a legendary number eight..
“You see the number eight is really legendary and to wear this shirt now it is legendary,” Keita told Sky Sports. “It used to belong to a player who was a legend, that was respected here.
“When I was a child, that really was in my mind, to play for a great club like Liverpool. Well here I am now, I don’t mean I’m not going to be like him because each of us are individuals.
“He left his own mark, I want to leave my own mark, I am going to work really hard to leave my own mark like he did. To play for Liverpool, that is a dream I had as a child and here I am now.
“I am following a course, I am really motivated to speak English, it is really important for me,” he added. “I want to be able to speak to the coach, I want to speak to the other players on the team and I am really working hard.
“I am hoping in six months I will be able to do these interviews in English.
“I find the scouse accent a bit difficult but I will try my best [to learn some]. I do not know any scouse, I have been trying to speak English I have not been able to learn any scouse yet.”
Keita didn’t feature in Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town at John Smith Stadium at the weekend.
Indeed, the Liverpool FC summer signing returned from the international break with a hamstring problem following Guinea’s 1-1 draw with Rwanda.
Liverpool FC will take on Red Star Belgrade at Anfield in their third Champions League group-stage fixture this term.
The Reds were 3-2 winners against Paris Saint-Germain in their opening game before Liverpool FC suffered a 1-0 loss to Napoli in Naples last time out.
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action with a home clash against promoted side Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.