Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren all thought it would be them in the transfer limelight this summer, but nobody really expected it to be Rickie Lambert who would first out of the club, let alone to a club like Liverpool.
But that is where he will be next season, after Brendan Rodgers' had a bid £4 million for the 32-year-old. But is he really the right man for Liverpool?
A man of Lambert's calibre is in my opinion, the opposite of what Liverpool should be looking for, no disrespect to him. I'm not saying he's a bad player but just not what fans really want to see, especially when they already have Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
Fabio Borini, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto are the other three who make up the quintuple of strikers, do they really need Lambert when they could be spending money in other areas, such as their weak defence for example.
Now Lambert has impressed me whilst playing for the Saints, and 117 goals in 235 appearances over his years of playing professional football really proves how good he actually is, but I don't think he's the right type of player for Liverpool, and nor do some of their fans to that matter.
Lambert is a target man somewhat, someone who is good at heading and knock downs, but ultimately struggles with pace, dribbling and passing something which Liverpool as a team employ week in week out into their game. Buying someone who struggles with practically all of elements of Liverpool's game seems quite absurd to me along with other fans.
Perhaps I'm wrong, I read that many fans are happy that Liverpool have somebody who offers something different when their attackers get tired, but I don't see that the Liverpool team can suddenly change their game plan to suit Lambert when he comes on the field of play. It's definitely not as simple as that.
Liverpool fans aren't particularly enthralled about the signing of Lambert, with the highly regarded youth at Liverpool such as Jordan Ibe for instance. Bringing in Lambert would put players like Ibe down to around sixth in the pecking order, meaning ultimately they don't have any chance of being played. Many feel that signing a player who they don't even need in the first place may drive players of their future out of the club.
When comparing Lambert to Liverpool's strikers at the moment, I would probably say he just isn't in their class. Now, I understand that obviously he is being bought for back-up, but still I along with many others think the Reds could do better, or perhaps they are silly to even bother.
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