Keita to wear iconic shirt number


New Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will wear the number 8 shirt for the club.

The Guinea international is “understood” to have requested that number having previously worn it for former club RB Leipzig – according to the Echo.

He will officially become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad on 1st July when his switch from the Bundesliga club becomes official after the deal was agreed last year.

The number eight shirt has not been worn by anyone in the squad since club legend and former captain Steven Gerrard left to join MLS club LA Galaxy following a glittering career at Anfield.

It is also reported that the final fee the club will pay for the midfielder will be around £53m following Leipzig’s qualification for next season’s Europa League thanks to their sixth place finish in the German top tier.

Had they managed to grab a Champions League spot, they would have been handed a fee of around £59m for his services – with no European qualification netting them £48m for Keita.

The last player before Gerrard to have the number eight shirt was former England international striker Emile Heskey, who left the club to join Birmingham City in the Summer of 2004.

Liverpool supporters will hope that Keita can have a similar impact on his new team as Gerrard did all those years ago.

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