English international Rickie Lambert has signed for Liverpool. With a transfer fee of 4.5 million pounds, the 32 year old returns to the club he was released by when he was a 15 year old schoolboy. At his press conference Lambert stated: “I can’t believe it. I’ve loved this club all my life. I left here 17 years ago, and I haven’t stopped loving it since.” He continued to say: “I have always dreamt playing for Liverpool,, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn’t think the chance would come …”
Lambert, after being released from Liverpool, went on to a nomadic career. Stops at Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, and finally on to Southampton where he lifted the club to the Premier League from all the way down in League One. During his five year stay at the club the 6’2″ man, scored 106 goals in over 200 appearances. A prolific output for an English striker. That display helped him earn a spot on the English National Team, and he will be in Brazil when the World Cup kicks off on June 12th.
You have to love a feel good story like Rickie Lambert’s. Others would have given up the game after being let go by your boyhood club. Instead of feeling like he was not good enough, he slogged his way through the lower levels of football, until he reached his dream. He’s a Premier League player, he’s a part of the Three Lions (the English National Team) and he’s about to participate in a World Cup. Not bad for the man born in Kirby, England. Not bad at all.
His role with Liverpool, should be as an impact sub, and he can also spell star forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge when they need rest. Lambert, may have proven himself with Southampton, but his signing doesn’t break up one of the better scoring duo’s in club football. No. No way. Manager Brendan Rodgers has another piece he can work with, and Lambert’s skills, as well as his desire to wear the shirt, makes him a perfect fit for what Liverpool is doing. The club needed depth in order to survive a long season, especially a season that will have some Champions League football, and Lambert is a fine first step.
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