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Lambert and Cisse received very different retirement tweets from Liverpool

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Believe it or not, there was once a time when Rickie Lambert played for Liverpool.

That's right. Brendan Rodgers receives painfully little credit for his work at Anfield but there's no doubting his ropey decisions in the transfer window and Lambert is a prime example.

The Englishman was procured in the summer of 2014 after the departure of Luis Suarez with Mario Balotelli also purchased and Fabio Borini returning from loan.

In Rodgers' defence, Lambert had established himself as the number one striker in a Southampton team absolutely spoilt for talent. The 35-year-old had accumulated 29 Premier League goals for the Saints and even three for England across 11 caps.

On Merseyside, though, the forward's career came to a grinding halt.

Despite being deployed in no less than 36 games - yes really - Lambert was only able to find the net on three occasions with just Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Ludogorets feeling his wrath.

In many ways, it absolutely destroyed his career at the top level with a spell at West Brom not producing a single goal from open play before a move to Cardiff City coaxed him towards retirement.

The inevitable news arrived on Monday after the 35-year-old failed to find a new suitor this summer.

Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Bet Championship

Lambert reminisced: "I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have.

"I have had some ups and downs in my career, but to have represented clubs like Southampton and Liverpool and playing for my country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams.

"Playing and scoring for England is probably my proudest professional moment and I will look back at every aspect of how I got there with fond memories."

You can't exactly say he didn't do well for himself, that's for sure.

Furthermore, Liverpool even paid him the courtesy of a tweet to both acknowledge his retirement and congratulate him on his career. The Reds left the simple message: "Happy retirement, Rickie."

The video attached to it, however, cuts a sorry sight. It documents just one of two league goals for Lambert at Liverpool, arriving in the 79th minute against relegation-candidates Villa in a game the Reds had essentially already won.

Check it out below:

Hmm, well, it's something. You'd think a picture of Lambert emerging at Anfield would be more profound but there you go.

It doesn't hold up well against other retirement posts from Liverpool, either. Djibril Cisse enjoyed a much more successful spell at Anfield but didn't exactly set the world alight leading the club's frontline.

When he announced his own retirement in February 2017, Liverpool opted for this:

How many goals did he scored that season? Just five but when it ends in Istanbul, there's no video required - sorry Rickie.

Who do you think is Liverpool's worst signing in the Premier League era? Have your say in the comments section below.

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