Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has completed his move to West Bromwich Albion, bringing to an end his short-lived second spell with his boyhood club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2015
Lambert, who originally played for the Reds’ academy side in the mid-1990s, completed his miraculous rise from non-league football back to Anfield last summer, when he joined us from Southampton.
Unfortunately, his dream ultimately became something of a nightmare, as he struggled to have the desired impact on Merseyside. He scored just three goals in all competitions, only two of which came in the Premier League.
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He made 36 appearances in total, predominately as a substitute, as Brendan Rodgers struggled to find a solution to the loss of Luis Suarez – who joined Barcelona during the previous summer transfer window.
More recently, the arrivals of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi – back from a loan spell with Lille – have left him surplus to requirements with us, despite his presence on our pre-season tour of the Far East.
The England international will now be hoping to rebuild his career in the Midlands. Having previously scored 28 top flight goals on the South Coast, the 33-year-old should prove to be a solid addition for Tony Pulis’ side, after they successfully fought off competition from a number of other Premier League sides.
Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City were also interested, according to the Independent, but West Brom have won the race for his signature. We wish Rickie all the best with the rest of his career.