Liverpool FC set to sign Rickie Lambert for £4million
Brendan Rodgers wants Lambert as cover for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge
May 30th, 2014
Rickie Lambert was a boyhood Liverpool fan and it appears that the 32-year-old will fulfil a personal dream by signing for the Merseyside club this summer.
Lambert is currently on World Cup duty with the England squad after being selected ahead of former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, with Brendan Rodgers looking to bolster his attacking options as he plans a successful Champions League campaign in addition to the Premier League.
It is a surprise move from Liverpool who generally look to acquire young and pacey players who fit in with the team philosophy of moving the ball quickly and developing their game, something that can be seen in the case of Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho.
Lambert was released by Liverpool as a schoolboy and has spent much of his career in the English lower leagues at Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
Since arriving at Southampton, the scouser has scored 106 goals in 207 appearances, proving adept from set pieces and the penalty spot as the Saints have climbed two divisions since his arrival.
The Liverpool manager said earlier this year: “He’s probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is. He is probably seen as a traditional big number nine, a typical British striker, but he’s one of the most accomplished footballers I’ve seen. Look at his touch and the different types of goals he scores; he is a terrific player.”