It was in 2017 that Liverpool agreed what was to be a club-record fee to bring in RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.
However, it is not until the summer of 2018 until the Guiunea international actually made his move to Anfield.
They may have known the move was coming, but this didn’t stop the excitement that plenty of Liverpool fans felt about seeing him arrive.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018
They were overjoyed to see him coming through the door, but he had big shoes to fill, taking the number 8 shirt that had been worn by Steven Gerrard before he left, while one fan also saw him as Emre Can’s replacement.
During his time with RB Salzburg, the now-25-year-old played a total of 71 games, scoring 17 goals and adding a further 15 assists.
His dynamism and ability on the ball had one fan predicting that the Premier League would be going to Anfield – he may be right if the current campaign continues, but Keita hasn’t played the role expected.
The midfielder has made just seven starts and 11 substitute appearances across all competitions this term, and wasn’t even included in the squad for the second-leg against Atletico Madrid.
— 💸 (@sdolfc) June 27, 2018
My mans arrived https://t.co/3J2WyRkRL2
— NA-33M (@NaeemLFC) June 27, 2018
— Jake Large (@followlarge) June 28, 2018
Premier league is ours💪🏻 https://t.co/GR9dr6bdSz
— Muhammad Hakeem (@muhammadhakeemo) June 27, 2018
Emre Can replacement.. not bad at all https://t.co/k8Y645Q0Qp
— Afifuddin Noh (@PuddinNoh) June 27, 2018
The signing of Keita had some Liverpool fans gloating about what was going on with their rivals Manchester United.
There were suggestions he is better than Paul Pogba, while they were laughing about Marouane Fellaini signing a new contract.
None of the three will have done exactly what their clubs were hoping for in the time since, as Pogba has managed just eight appearances this term, while Fellaini is now in China.
Keita > Pogba
— ً (@FutbolBen) June 27, 2018
Please stop i will die with happiness seeing this and man utd fans having meltdown about fellani signing contract
— Ash (@GerrardEdition) June 27, 2018
in the meantime our rivals just renewed Fellani’s contract 😂
— – (@donda369) June 27, 2018
This is the don, everyone thought pogba was, just watch the way he lights up the prem😁 https://t.co/fjny5GeID7
— AA🌪 (@AA__Ayo) June 28, 2018