As Alexis Sanchez checks out his new Arsenal gear and deals for other high quality targets Xherdan Shaqiri and Alberto Moreno seem to stall, the spot light looks set too fall on those who have already moved to Anfield. Interestingly enough it looks set blast right in the face the man who is so far the only direct replacement for Barcelona bound, Luis Suarez. The name Rickie Lambert was not one that many expected to see pass through the famous Shankley gates this summer, but as Liverpool battle to keep last minute bids from competitors at while get their moneys worth on from current targets it seems this unexpected signing could prove to be vital.
At 32 years old there is no doubt that he is not your usual Brendan Rodgers purchase. Rodgers usually values potential and a thirst to prove yourself over experience, but seems to have spotted something in the journeyman striker. While many of us ponder the choice former boss, Roy Evans, can see the logic behind it and expects Lambert to do well for his new club.
“I think Lambert will be a very good addition to the squad – he’s a great pro,” Evans told Liverpoolfc.com. “I also think he will be very useful for us in the coming season.
“When teams come to Anfield this season to ‘park the bus’, which they are quite entitled to do, Lambert will give us another option to break them down.
“I’m not saying we should start going long and pumping balls forward, but if you can get down the flanks and get quality balls into the box then Rickie is the type of guy who can put the ball in the back of the net for you.
“He is good in the air, good in and around the box and he’s a player that takes his chances when they come.
“I just feel he gives us good options and obviously with us being back in the Champions League – and hopefully we will be back there for quite a while – you need a bigger squad.”
I to can understand Rodgers thinking with this move. I am an avid proponent of having a plan b whatever it may be. Lambert could have had a great impact against Chelsea at Anfield by giving Ivanovic something else to contend with, but there is no way he can fill a permanent role upfront. Liverpool still need to buy to fill the Suarez void and they need to buy soon.