Rickie Lambert has revealed he was itching to get back to training after the World Cup, as he searches to establish himself as a first-team regular for Liverpool.
Lambert has had somewhat of a fairytale career since he was released from the club when he was 16-years-old, and played the majority of his football in the lower leagues, representing sides such as Stockport County, Macclesfield Town and Bristol Rovers.
However, his hard work gained him a transfer to Southampton in 2009, and he was extremely impressive scoring 107 goals in 206 appearances, helping the side gain back to back promotions and gain his first international cap for England.
After two solid seasons in the Premier League, the Scouser gained a dream move back to his boyhood club this summer, and he is extremely excited about the prospect of playing alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge week in, week out for Liverpool.
Talking to the Liverpool Echo, Lambert said: “It was always my intention to come back earlier, whether I was at Southampton or Liverpool - but obviously I am desperate to hit the ground running and do well for Liverpool.
“I thought it was massively important I come back early, and make sure I’m in the best shape possible for when the season kicks off, because that’s what all this is for. Obviously it’s a dream, but I do believe I should be here and there are things I want to prove.
“It’s all about gearing up for the first game of the season, but I’ll have a full week of training here at Melwood and then I’m looking forward to the trip to America. What can I say?
“It’s a lifestyle every boy dreams of - and it’s at Liverpool. It’s common sense that I was always going to back early - that was my intention.”
Lambert was manager Brendan Rogers' first summer signing and he was brought to offer a different approach compared to the game the Reds played last season.
Whereas they demolished many sides, firing goals past most teams with their quick, attacking way, in some games - such as the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield - the side lacked another option.
Lambert is a clear target man to change the approach if Plan 'A' is failing. However, the Kirkby-native is not just a striker who wants the ball pumped up to him.
He possesses excellent ball skills and vision along with a superb shot, as displayed when scoring in England's friendly against Ecuador in June.