Naby Keita has slotted in seamlessly at Liverpool since arriving from RB Leipzig this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the Premier League – and the 23-year-old midfielder has featured in all four outings.
There was plenty of anticipation among Anfield supporters because Liverpool had agreed a deal with Leipzig one year before Keita joined.
And the energetic Guinean midfielder has certainly lived up to expectations thus far.
Having previously played together at RB Salzburg, Sadio Mane hailed his “unbelievable” new Liverpool teammate.
“I think he brings plenty in our team and I think it’s also not easy for the new players to come into the Premier League but for him, he’s unbelievable,” Mane told Premier League Productions.
“He’s started great and we are here to help him more to get to his best and I am sure he will do something special here.”
Plenty of Premier League footballers have pre-match rituals that they perform before kick-off – but few have rituals quite as heartwarming as Liverpool’s new midfield star.
Keita was doing a Q&A with Liverpool fans and revealed the two things he does before every game.
‘Do you have any superstitions before matches?’
Keita responded, as per Liverpoolfc.com: “Firstly, before every game, I always speak with my mum. She really encourages me a lot.
“Then once I’m out on the field, I say a little prayer for my team and for everyone on the field, both sides, so that nothing bad happens, no-one gets injured.
“Yes, I do that every single game, pray for both sides so nothing untoward happens, like a bad injury.”
What a kind and beautiful thing to do.
Keita is expected to start when Liverpool visit Spurs in a tricky Premier League fixture next weekend.
And he will literally be praying that the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen don’t pick up an injury.