Four reasons why Rickie Lambert’s move to Liverpool makes sense

Kieran Beckles takes look at four reasons why Rickie Lambert's move to Liverpool from Southampton is good for the Reds

Four reasons why Rickie Lambert’s move to Liverpool makes sense

Lambert is good value

Costing a mere estimated £4m, Liverpool have avoided the ‘tax’ that we so often see placed on English players and have snapped up a proven Premier League goal-scorer in a shrewd deal. Yes, Lambert is 32 and his signing sees Fenway Sport Group take a break from their policy of signing young English (or foreign) talent. But with other areas in more desperate need of a facelift and requiring the Liverpool owners to dig deeper into their pockets this summer, Brendan Rodgers has completed a cunning bit of business. Opposing fans may scoff, but expect Liverpool to strengthen further with more glamorous names to arrive before the summer transfer window closes.

Adds to SAS firepower

Liverpool were heavily reliant on Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez last season as the Reds finished as runners-up in the Premier League. Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling did step up in the final few months of the campaign and scored some vital goals, but Liverpool can ill-afford injuries to either member of their SAS partnership next season. Fighting on two fronts will test the depth and quality of Rodgers’s squad, and whilst Fabio Borini could prove a good squad player, Iago Aspas certainly isn’t good enough for a club challenging on two fronts. Lambert is already proven in the Premier League so there will be no settling in period required. Realistically, Rodgers needs four strikers next season to cope with the demands of a congested fixture list so Lambert’s arrival certainly eases the manager’s concerns.

A target man with a difference

Lambert is often placed in the target man bracket. The 32-year-old is certainly an imposing striker at 6ft 2ins with a broad frame. But the England international has better technically ability than other traditional target men, such as Liverpool flop Andy Carroll. Southampton play a similar system to the Reds and it is no surprise that Rodgers is being linked with Adam Lallana, too. “A lot of people down the years have described him as a target man but he’s a lot more than that. He’s got a cracking touch and a pass as good as anybody, so I don’t see him having a problem fitting in at Liverpool,” Matt Le Tissier said on Sunday. Who are we to disagree with Le God?

English – and a Liverpool fan

The England international will also count as an association-trained player in Liverpool’s Champions League squad next season. Lambert, who has played in League One and the Championship but is yet to experience Europe’s premier club competition, will be a difficult proposition for Liverpool’s Champions League opponents. Rodgers will also be confident of squeezing every single ounce of energy out of Lambert after the ageing striker sealed a move to his boyhood club. It will probably result in the £4m man being more understanding if Sturridge and Suarez limit his playing time next season – although there will be plenty of games to keep most members of the Liverpool squad satisfied.

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