Naby Keita has officially been presented as a Liverpool player, and a brilliant new video has got us more accustomed with the Reds’ £52.75 million man.
Keita was unveiled on Wednesday and was handed his No.8 shirt by Steven Gerrard, having signed a five-year deal at Anfield.
The 23-year-old is one of Liverpool’s most exciting buys of the Premier League era, with his all-round expertise in midfield hopefully taking Jurgen Klopp‘s side up another gear.
Before Keita gets down to more serious matters, such as pre-season, a video released on the club’s official YouTube channel has allowed us to get to know him better.
Asked various quickfire questions, the charismatic Guinean starts by discussing the vast influence his mother has had on his life.
Keita proves that he is normal like you or I but speaking about his love of WhatsApp and also admits he loathes losing matches.
Keita is a little lost for words when discussing what he would be doing if he wasn’t a footballer, saying: “If I didn’t have football, I just don’t know”.
The former RB Leipzig hero says his favourite place on Earth is the Guinean capital, Conakry, and claims fellow midfielder Zinedine Zidane is the best player of all time.
Keita calls his mum his hero, rather than the many footballers he grew up idolising, and no doubt upsets his great friend Sadio Mane by preferring Titi Camara over him.
“Sadio Mane is my mate, but Titi was my idol,” he said, in hysterics.
It is a great insight into Keita’s likeable, down-to-earth character but it is also clear that there is spiky side to him.
Liverpool need that on the pitch, having been too nice for too long, but Klopp’s insistence on buying humble human beings will have been more important.
We are likely to see him in a Reds shirt for the first time on July 7, when Klopp’s men face Chester FC in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.