Naby Keita on speaks about wearing the number eight for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has spoken of his pride to wear the number eight shirt for the club.

The 23-year-old is the first player to wear the number since the departure of Steven Gerrard back in 2015.

Keita: “The number eight is really legendary”

Liverpool goalscorer Steven Gerrard (r) and Dirk Kuyt celebrate after scoring the winning goal during the Premier League Match between Liverpool and Portsmouth at Anfield on October 29, 2008 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Keita has stated that whilst the club’s former captain “left his mark” he wants to leave his own whilst wearing eight.

The Guinean international also admitted that joining the Reds has seen him realise a childhood dream.

Keita  told Sky Sports:

“You see the number eight is really legendary and to wear this shirt now it is legendary

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“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.”

Keita: “I am really motivated to speak English”

BURY, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Naby Keita of Liverpool reacts during a pre-season friendly match between Bury and Liverpool at Gigg Lane on July 14, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The former RB Leipzig player has revealed his plan to learn English within the next six months.

Keita is keen to be able to properly communicate with his manager, teammates and conduct interviews all in English.

Keita said:

“I am following a course, I am really motivated to speak English, it is really important for me.

“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.”


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