Liverpool secured an agreement with RB Leipzig for the transfer of Naby Keita on August 29, 2017.
However, the dynamic midfielder would not officially become a Liverpool player until July 1, 2018. Therefore, Keita was interested spectator of the Reds from Germany before his arrival on Merseyside.
The Guinea international took command of the No.8 jersey after having it personally handed to him by Anfield legend Steven Gerrard during a visit to Melwood.
After dazzling in pre-season, he was given a start on the opening day of the Premier League campaign and named Man of the Match following the 4-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield.
The Conakry-born player routinely displayed flashes of brilliance in his 33 appearances – of which 22 were starts – throughout 2018-19.
Keita was on the scoresheet three times during his debut campaign and the strike against Huddersfield Town after 15 seconds on April 26, 2019, is Liverpool's fastest goal in the Premier League.
His first year at the club was ended in early May after suffering injury at Barcelona, but he was present in Madrid to pick up a Champions League winner's medal.