Ricky Lambert grew up as a proud Liverpool fan, yet for the majority of his career, playing for his boyhood club was just a pipedream. The striker did eventually get his chance though, after five years of hard work at Southampton, he made his dream move to Anfield. The fairytale ended just one season later, though, as he left for West Brom.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2015
The Reds, whilst all acknowledging during Lambert’s time at the club that he would never be a key man, were gutted to see him leave. The 36-year-old is now retired, and he would have hung up his boots happily knowing that he represented his country and his boyhood club, scoring three goals for each in a career that was mostly played out in the lower leagues with Bristol Rovers and Southampton.
That one season that Lambert spent at Anfield will always be golden to both the player and the fans, though. The striker was 32 when he signed for the club and 33 when he left, and that one year spell saw the fans live the dream with Lambert, as a Scouse born hero who had the honour of playing in front of the Kop. That’s why even though he was never the best player at the club, the Reds were still gutted to see the experienced striker leave.
You can read the Kopites’ parting messages for Lambert here:
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) July 31, 2015
@LFC best of luck to a true LFC fan thanks Rickie
— Trevor Stubbs (@stubbs_trevor) July 31, 2015
— Gem (@gem_louise23) July 31, 2015
@LFC should have given him a proper chance.
— MrMacT (@TarnamR) August 2, 2015
— Zoro (@karthik_jammy) 1 August 2015
— HANIEF (@HANIEFLFC) August 1, 2015
— annief (@anniehlfc) July 31, 2015
— Simon Appleby (@SimonAppleby1) July 31, 2015
— Stephen Kane (@sckane1977) July 31, 2015
The Reds would have loved to see Lambert stay for at least one more season to give him more of a chance, but they’re still just glad the 36-year-old was able to live his Anfield dream.
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