Keita formally completed his move to the Merseyside outfit from RB Leipzig on July 1 after a deal was agreed between the clubs in August a year ago.
Keita completed his move from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig to Liverpool in the off-season after the Premier League giants struck a deal last term worth £48 million ($64m).
"Keita said: "[My father] has spoken to me loads since I signed for Liverpool about how much he loved them. "As a kid we used to play in the streets wearing Liverpool shirts". I like winning the ball back.
"Eight is a number I've always liked".
"Because I'm a midfielder and Gerrard was always the boss of the side, it couldn't be anyone else other than Steven Gerrard - that's who you'd be when you were playing, wanting to be like him".
He added of the presentation by Gerrard, who left his job with Liverpool's academy this summer to manage Rangers: "It was a big shock". Steven said, "Everyone's going to be here for you, to help you develop". It's also the number my dad wore when he played so it's special to me.
A skillful player who also admires former Barcelona stars Andres Iniesta and Deco, Keita stressed the need to be stuck in as a midfielder while recounting his qualities as a player.
"What I am focusing on is performing well for this club and contributing for this team".
"I'm someone who has this real winning mentality. I have a huge desire to win", he said.
"I don't think the physical aspect is going to have a negative impact on me at all", he told the Telegraph .
He will be one of the main attractions as Klopp's charges jet off to the United States to face Dortmund and Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.
"I have watched a lot of English football and through the process of the friendly games leading up to the new season, I'll adjust to it".
"That's why I'm aggressive in a positive sense on the field".
"It is all about having the mindset and the desire to want it enough and to fight for it enough".