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Naby Keita presented Number 8 shirt by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard

Naby Keita has now officially become the first Liverpool player to put on the No. 8 Jersey since Steven Gerrard completed his move to United States to join LA Galaxy back in 2015.

Liverpool finally announces the arrival of Naby Keita and his first time as a Red, and was handed the Number 8 shirt by former England International and the Merseysiders’ legend, Gerrard.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who joined the Reds at Anfield Stadium from RB Leipzig for a fee of £48 million, will be wearing the No. 8 shirt for Liverpool and surprised when Gerrard was the one who gifted him the Jersey.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Keita said: “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.”

The Guinea International has been very productive for Leipzig last season, scoring 9 goals and creating seven assist in the process in all 39 appearances. Helping them reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League – having dropped down from the Champions League group stages – and ended the season at the sixth position in the Bundesliga last season.

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