By 90Min
June 24, 2018

Incoming Liverpool midfielder Naby Keïta has reportedly requested the number eight shirt ahead of his first season in the Premier League.

The number is an iconic one for Liverpool, with club legend Steven Gerrard having sported it until his departure to LA Galaxy in 2015.

Gerrard had some sensational moments in the number eight shirt of Liverpool, which included lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005 and winning the FA Cup in dramatic fashion with a last-minute winner at Wembley the following year.

The '8' shirt has been vacant since Gerrard left the club, but it looks like Naby Keïta could be the man to fill the now-iconic shirt.

Keïta arrived in Liverpool this weekend ahead of the first day of pre-season training on July 2nd and the Liverpool Echo report that he has dropped a huge hint as to the number he will wear.

They report that the energetic midfielder has been signing autographs for Liverpool fans since he landed in the country, and has been writing a small '8' next to his signature.

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It remains to be seen whether this has just become habit from his time at RB Leipzig, as the Guinean midfielder sported the number eight on his back during his time with the Bundesliga club.

However, it could well be a clue as to the number he will wear during his time at Anfield. He joined the club in a £53m deal last August, with both clubs agreeing that he would not make the move to Merseyside until this summer. 

Liverpool tried to bring the move forward by requesting permission for Keïta to move to the club in January, however Leipzig held a stubborn stance and refused to let their star midfielder leave ahead of the agreed time.

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During the Premier League era, the likes of Stan Collymore, Paul Stewart, Oyvind Leonhardsen and Emile Heskey have also worn the number eight for Liverpool.

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