Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is on the verge of rejoining his boyhood team, Liverpool, after the Merseyside club have reportedly had an offer accepted for the Kirkby native. The 32-year old is currently training with England’s National Team ahead of the World Cup, but Brendan Rodgers wants to complete the deal for Southampton’s number seven before he departs for Miami on Sunday.
Lambert’s age and skill-set certainly breaks the trend of young players with room to develop that Rodgers has built his side around the past two seasons, but with fantastic technique coupled with a dominant frame Lambert would add a new dimension to Rodgers’ attack without compensating his passing style.
Rodgers had high praise for Lambert before Liverpool and Southampton met back in September:
“I think Rickie is a terrific player. 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.”
Lambert looks set to have a medical tomorrow, and will become Liverpool’s first signing of the transfer window.
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