Rickie Lambert’s Liverpool regrets? He doesn’t have many, actually.
The boyhood Red’s dream came true in 2014, when Brendan Rodgers decided to sign him from Southampton, a club whom at one stage he represented in League One…
But Lambert, along with Mario Balotelli, came in to replace the goals Luis Suarez scored for Liverpool and it was far too big an ask for the forward.
Lambert scored just two Premier League goals for us and was rarely selected as a starter, duly offloaded in summer 2015 when it was clear he was nowhere near mobile enough to lead our line.
“Maybe I wish I’d got the chance a few years earlier, at a different stage,” he told This Is Anfield.
“But I can’t regret going there, absolutely no chance. It was an offer of a lifetime, even if it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.
“It’s life sometimes. I had to move on. I didn’t want to leave Liverpool, I wanted to make it work, but obviously I could see it wasn’t.
“I could have left earlier, but I wanted to try and make it work. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
Unfortunately the move to Liverpool was the signal for the downward turn in Lambert’s career. He failed at his next club West Brom, before being sold to Championship side Cardiff in 2016. He’s only scored four league goals for the Welsh and aged 34, he’s unlikely to play in the Premier League again.
Still – he’s played for Liverpool Football Cub. Fair play!