Ranking Liverpool's signings from Southampton in the Premier League era
#7 Rickie Lambert
Striker Rickie Lambert was a pivotal member of Southampton’s squad for 5 seasons after joining them for just £1 million in the summer of 2009. A career journeyman to that point, Lambert proved his worth at St. Mary’s by scoring 78 goals across his first three seasons, helping to fire the Saints back into the Premier League.
Despite his advanced age – he was 30 by the time he made his Premier League debut – Lambert took to playing at the highest level with no issues, as he delivered a solid 15 goals in his first season before following that with 13. Those goals were rewarded with a spot in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup – but it still came as a bit of a surprise when Brendan Rodgers signed him for Liverpool in the same summer.
Lambert didn’t play badly for Liverpool in his lone season at Anfield but he wasn’t a big hit either; the Reds sold Luis Suarez during the same window and struggled for consistency without him and Lambert was never going to fill his boots. He made just 7 Premier League starts, scoring 2 goals along the way, and in the summer of 2015 he was sold to West Bromwich Albion, having essentially found his ceiling.Published 12 Dec 2019, 21:03 IST