New Signing: Rickie Lambert

Liverpool announced the signing of Scouse centre-forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton on Monday, for a reported £4m.  Released by his hometown club as a fifteen year-old in 2000, Lambert has scored goals thoughout the Football League and in the Premier League on his journey from Macclesfield Town to the 2014 World Cup – via spells at Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, and the Saints.  Having scored thirteen league goals last season, he’s likely to compete with Fabio Borini in support of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge next season – beyond the World Cup, Champions League football under the Anfield floodlights beckons for Lambert, as he returns to the Club of whom he is a lifelong supporter.

Rickie Lambert…

…joins Liverpool from Southampton – just like:

Paul Jones
The Welsh stopper was released to join Liverpool amidst a goalkeeping emergency in 2004, having made nearly two-hundred appearances for the Saints – he lived his dream by keeping an Anfield clean-sheet in the first of two matches for the club he has supported all his life.

Peter Crouch
6’7″ Peter Crouch joined the European Champions in 2005 and, despite waiting nineteen games for his first (of two against Wigan), went on to score 42 goals for the Reds, also winning the 2006 FA Cup and appearing in the 2007 Champions League Final during his three year stay.

…relatively late in his career – just like:

Gary McAllister
A league winner in 1992 with Leeds United, thirty-two year-old Gary Mac‘s signing from Coventry City in 2000 raised eyebrows but we soon learned to love his “baldy ‘ead” after his famous Derby winner at Goodison Park and his vital contributions during the unforgettable 2000-01 campaign.

Jari Litmanen
The twenty-nine year-old former Ajax and Barcelona man joined fellow-Finn Sami Hyypia at Liverpool in 2001- regarded as one of the finest talents to ever pull on the red shirt, supporters still lament Jari’s lack of opportunities to shine for Liverpool and he was unfortunate to miss all three of our 2001 cup finals due to a broken wrist.

…served a lengthy lower-league apprenticeship – just like:

Steve Finnan
The Irish full-back famously played in the Conference, each Football League division, and the Premier League before earning a move to Liverpool in 2002 – he was subsituted for Didi Hamann in Istanbul, due to injury, and won the Champions League and FA Cup in five seasons with the Reds, later making four appearances in La Liga for Espanyol.

John Aldridge
Aldo had scored 187 goals for Newport County and Oxford United before arriving to replace Ian Rush at Anfield in 1987 – a supporters’ favourite, he scored 63 Liverpool goals and was part of arguably our best ever team, winning the League and the Cup in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

…is an all-round centre-forward – just like:

Karl-Heinze Riedle
German international Riedle scored twice in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 victory over Juventus in the 1997 Champions League Final, before joining the Reds during the summer – Michael Owen’s emergence limited the veteran’s opportunities but he scored 15 Liverpool goals in two years as deputy to Owen and Robbie Fowler.

Fernando Morientes
A real ‘marquee’ signing, Morientes joined from Real Madrid after some great loan performances for Monaco in a run to the 2004 Champions League Final – Raul’s international partner, Morientes sadly failed to adjust to the Premier League during his eighteen months with the Reds, scoring just 12 goals.

…and is a lifelong Red: – just like

Jason McAteer
Trigger joined from Bolton Wanderers in 1995 as a central midfielder but Roy Evans used him as a right wing-back in his exciting 3-5-2 setup – Eric Cantona’s late strike in the 1996 FA Cup Final unfortunately denied the Irishman his chance to lift silverware for Liverpool.

Craig Bellamy
The fiesty Welshman had two brief spells at his boyhood club, scoring at the Nou Camp in 2007 and twice in a stunning performance against Manchester City in 2012 – his commitment out on the pitch epitomised what every supporter wshes they could give to the Reds.

…who [might!] wear number 18 – just like:

Erik Meijer
Joining in 1998, along with Titi Camara, Mad Erik, as he became known, was recruited in order to compete with Fowler, Owen, and Riedle – he scored just twice in a year for the Reds but, within two years, was partying with fellow supporters after the 2001 UEFA Cup Final victory over Alaves in Dortmund.

Dirk Kuyt
Another Dutchman, Dirk arrved from Feyenoord in 2006 as a forward with a great goalscoring rate in his home country – he spent much of his time working hard down the right-wing for Rafa Benitez’s European giants and scored in the 2007 Champions League Final on his way to 71 goals for the Reds.

…welcome to Liverpool, Rickie Lambert.


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© Jack Harte, The Redmen TV, 2014


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