After a positive ending to last season, Liverpool fans will have plenty more to look forward to during the upcoming season.
They have not won the English top flight title since the 1989-90 season, however after finishing fourth in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final last season, many expect Jurgen Klopp's men to push on and put up a much sterner fight for the title whilst also returning to the heights of European football the club now expect.
Fans have been given more reason to be optimistic with Liverpool dipping into the transfer market this summer to sign central midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita. Moving to a club with the stature of Liverpool natural brings it's pressures with both players eager to meet the high expectations set by the fans, however Keita has gone one step further.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Keita has requested to wear the number eight shirt for the Reds next season.
Whilst it makes sense for a number of reasons given the fact he wore that number at his previous club RB Leipzig and that the number eight shirt is typically associated with a player in his position, the number eight shirt at Liverpool brings greater meaning.
The last player to wear that iconic number for Liverpool was none other than club legend Steven Gerrard. Nobody has worn the number since he departed the club in 2015 and in fact many fans expressed their wishes for the number to be retired at the club after Gerrard's departure.
Some fans took to Twitter to give their reaction to Keita's supposed request.
Naby Keita as number 8? Yes please— (@Salahbility) June 24, 2018
For Naby Keita to request the Steven Gerrards iconic Number 8 shirt says everything about the man. Ive got a feeling it will fit very well.— Boro (@pboro5times) June 25, 2018
Naby Keita to wear the iconic number 8 jersey at Liverpool football club. ✅— RF9 (@system_merchant) June 25, 2018
Steven Gerrard will always be a special 8 but who knows what Keita can do in the number https://t.co/y1JMQPardO— Kova (@EightRole) June 25, 2018
Keita 8 on my shirt for next year https://t.co/kRyADCeseZ— Força Seleção (@FalseNineFutbol) June 25, 2018
Naby Keita deserves the legendary number 8— MADO #Klopp (@MADeveci17) June 24, 2018
Going to take the league by storm
Immense player K8A #lfc
It looks as though Keita is already starting to become a fan favourite at Anfield, and if he can show even glimpses of the kind of performances Gerrard used to display at Liverpool then I'm sure the Guinea international will have no problem settling into life on Merseyside.