It’s been rumoured ever since we acquired Naby Keita last summer that he’d get the no.8 when he eventually joined Liverpool.
Now, it’s been confirmed.
The club released the new home-strip for the 2018/19 campaign today and on the website, used Keita’s name and new number to advertise lettering options.
Guess that's Naby Keita as no.8 confirmed!
No pressure, lad 🔴 pic.twitter.com/6bVKiZfyN1
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) April 19, 2018
Of course, nobody has worn the no.8 since Steven Gerrard left the club in 2015, so the pressure is huge!
But if Keita didn’t want it, he wouldn’t have been given it…
The Guinean has so many attributes that could make him the perfect Jurgen Klopp midfielder.
He’s feisty, dynamic, runs with the ball and possesses exceptional vision, too.
The thought of Keita and an ever-improving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in box-to-box role either side of a world-class no.6 (Jorginho?), with the best front-three in Europe ahead of them is truly mouthwatering.
And hopefully, the new shirt will have six stars on the sleeve, one for every European Cup triumph.