Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert lifts lid on nervy first meeting Steven Gerrard
Rickie Lambert heaps praise on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
Rickie Lambert has revealed that he was very nervous around Steven Gerrard when the striker first met the Liverpool captain.
The 32-year-old came face-to-face with the Reds legend after Roy Hodgson called up the then-Southampton striker to his England squad in August 2013.
He’s really down-to-earth and made me feel really welcome at England when I first joined
Lambert earned a £4m summer move to Liverpool thanks to his impressive form for the Saints, scoring 28 goals in 75 Premier League appearances during two seasons.
And the veteran striker has spoken about Gerrarnd’s down-to-earth attitude, adding that the Liverpool skipper has been a massive help at club and country level.
“There was a period of five years when he was the best player in the world,” Lambert told Liverpool’s website.
“He’s gone on to win so many trophies. I know he hasn’t won the Premier League but he’s won almost everything else. He has driven the club on so many times, it is unbelievable.
“He’s really down-to-earth and made me feel really welcome at England when I first joined. I remember being very nervous around him actually because I looked up to him so much. But he was a normal lad.”