Liverpool's new No 8 is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the club's most iconic wearer of the shirt in the Premier League era.
Gerrard acquired legendary status with 120 goals in 504 appearances for Liverpool, and Keita will become the first player to pull on the No 8 shirt since the Anfield great last did so in May 2015.
"When he came in I looked and him and said, 'wow', because he is a legend," Keita told liverpoolfc.com.
"He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here.
"If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it's not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that's my motivation."