Naby Keita to be handed number 8 shirt, Liverpool fans react

The last iconic character to wear the number eight shirt at Liverpool was club legend Steven Gerrard.

The midfielder and former captain was a talismanic figure for the Merseyside outfit, making more than 700 appearances after breaking through the academy.

Since his departure in the summer of 2015, no other player has managed to fill the boots left behind by Gerrard.

Now, though, according to theĀ Liverpool Echo, new arrival Naby Keita will be handed the number eight jersey.

The Guinea international agreed to join the Reds last year, but part of that agreement included waiting until 2018 to finalise the transfer.

Keita was spotted touching down in Liverpool last week, much to the excitement of the fans.

The box-to-box midfielder could be a crucial figure in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season, but there is one negative about the player’s game.

Keita has often struggled with his discipline, resulting in numerous red cards.

Fans will be hoping that Klopp can stamp that out of the midfielder’s repertoire, but before he has a chance to show his worth on the pitch, supporters have been posting their thoughts on reports he will be given the number eight shirt.