Since the announcement of Rickie Lambert’s move to Liverpool, the news has been generally welcomed.
A number of fans had been calling for a plan B all season and many see Lambert as the type of player Liverpool need: big, strong, good in the air and a scorer of goals, however some people aren't so happy. They already had a big man in Andy Carroll and some see history repeating itself.
Andy Carroll and Rickie Lambert are both good players and have good records, Carroll was a revelation at Newcastle scoring 31 goals in 80 appearances and spear headed the clubs return to the Premier League, Lambert also has a good record for Southampton helping them on their journey to the top flight. Carroll struggled at Liverpool with injuries and not being the type of player Kenny Daglish favoured being sold on to West Ham and many feel had the injuries been less prevalent Carroll could have been a fans favourite.
It could be argued that Lambert will be more successful from the get go, not having the injury problems that plagued Carroll’s time at Anfield. He’s more technically sound than Carroll, allowing him to partner either Suarez or Sturridge.
He is used to playing fast paced counter attacking football, his time at Southampton (more recently under now Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino) has been in a team with plenty of technically proficient players such as Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez who have the ability play through teams and catch them on the break in a similar fashion to Couthino or Sterling. Lambert this season he has been in top form scoring plenty of goals and providing a number of assists and if he can continue playing at this level he will have no problems integrating in his new team.
There’s always going to be some issues when players move clubs, there were reports of Carroll being homesick at Liverpool but as Lambert is from Liverpool it doesn’t seem likely this would be an issue. Another point that favours Lambert is his relationship with current Liverpool players, now being an England regular he has had the chance to befriend Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and others who he would be playing with every week.
Not many Liverpool fans would be angry with the purchase of Lambert and many feel that 8 million pounds is good value for money, he’s proven in the league, has a great work ethic and can score goals, he has all the attributes to succeed at Anfield as did Carroll however the prices for either player could play a big part. Having to live up to a £35million price tag is no easy task and luckily for Lambert £8million is far from excessive in the modern game. If Lambert can start his Liverpool career well the worries some fans have now will quickly disappear and could prove to be a vital part of Liverpool’s future success.
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