Rickie Lambert‘s dream to move to Liverpool was realized at the weekend, with a late substitute appearance, coincidently against his former club – Southampton. Lambert spent his youth career at Liverpool before being released as a youngster. He worked his way up from every tier in the Football League to the Premier League and is a now an England international.
It’s all moved very quickly for the Kirkby-born 32-year-old, from when he moved to Southampton from Bristol Rovers back in 2009, at a time when the Saints were plying their trade in England’s third tier, League One. Lambert since then spent five years with Southampton and scored an impressive 106 goals in 207 games for the Saints. His goal-scoring prowess at Southampton didn’t go unnoticed and he was called up to the senior England side and scored with his first touch on his debut.
At the end of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season, rumors circulated that Lambert would be subject to a bid from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. Liverpool, the club Rickie Lambert supported as a boy and was subsequently released from when he was 15. Lambert took no real convincing and made the dream move to the Reds for a reported £4m fee.
The move was a no brainer really, considering Lambert’s age and form and the fact Lambert is from Liverpool and is a fan too. His debut came as a late sub against his former employers Southampton, in Liverpool’s 2-1 win. There was a huge roar from both sets of supporters as Saints fans realized how effective Lambert was in his time with them and how the move was right for him.
Lambert proved to all aspiring soccer players that even when you are rejected at the beginning of your career to keep going. Spells with Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and then Southampton led him all the way to Liverpool. Now he faces the prospect of challenging for the Barclays Premier League title and Champions League football to look forward too.
Rickie Lambert epitomizes everything good in the modern day soccer player. He gives Liverpool a different dimension upfront and is bound to score vital goals along the way. He will be heavily missed at Southampton and will certainly be Liverpool’s gain. Lambert is sure to be successful and will enjoy his with the Merseyside giants.