Keita makes bold claim after playing down Steven Gerrard comparison

Rob McCarthy
Naby Keita TEAMtalk

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita insists that he is ready to make his own mark on the famous number eight shirt at Anfield.

The summer signing from RB Leipzig is the first player to wear the number since Reds legend Steven Gerrard left in the summer in 2015 to join LA Galaxy.

The Guinea star, who cost Liverpool £52.75m, has impressed early in his Reds career so far but is fully aware that he has a big act to follow.

He told Sky Sports: “You see the number eight is really legendary and to wear this shirt now it is legendary. 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.

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