Rickie Lambert targets starting berth at Liverpool

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Rickie Lambert has stated that fans will see 'the best of him' this season, fresh from his £4million move to Liverpool.

Lambert has had somewhat of a journeyman career since being released by Liverpool when he was 15, spending most of his days representing lower league sides such as Stockport County and Macclesfield Town.

Lambert's resurgence

However, after scoring 106 goals for Southampton between 2009-2014, the Kirkby native has had a fairytale move back to his boyhood club. He made his debut on Saturday in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Preston North End, as he played the first 45 minutes of the game and showed Reds fans just exactly what he is capable of.

Talking to on his move Lambert said: "Everyone knows how much it means to me and how a lot of Liverpool fans will like the idea of signing a Scouser and a Liverpudlian but it was the simple fact that he [Rodgers] thought I was good enough to be a Liverpool player.

"It had no sentiment in it. Football has no place for sentimental things. As soon as you hold on to sentimental things it gets knocked out of you straight away.

"It's about what I do on the pitch, it's as simple as that and I'm happy with that.

"The first game of the season is coming and believe me when I say that is all I am focusing on.

"I want to get myself in the best shape possible. I know when I am fully fit that is when you will see the best of me."

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Tough competition

Lambert will know that being born and bred in Liverpool will not be enough to warrant him a place in Brendan Rodgers' starting line-up. With the strike-force that is at Anfield, with players such as Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling along with new signings Lazar Markovic and potentially Loic Remy, the 32-year-old will have to be at his peak to force his way into the side.

What is more of a disadvantage to Lambert is that he is not a typical Rodgers signing. The Northern Irishman usually opts for young talent, who's desired qualities are pace and tremendous skill on the ball.

Lambert however, at 32, is not those things. He is more of a target man, someone who can hold the ball up.

Nonetheless, he will offer Liverpool a different approach to games. Last season, in games such as the 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea, The Reds failed to break the opposition defence down and didn't have a plan B on the bench. Lambert would be the perfect candidate to provide a completely different option.

Furthermore, he does have skill when the ball is at his feet. The Southampton side he played in last season knocked the ball about well and he became accustomed to playing fast, passing football.

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