LFC Profile and Statistics
Full Name: Rickie Lee Lambert
Born:16th February 1982 in Kirkby
Bought: 2nd June 2014 from Southampton
Transfer Fee: £4,500,000
Sold: 31st July 2015 to West Bromwich Albion
Fee Received: £2,500,000
All LFC Appearances: 36 LFC Goals: 3
Career Appearances: 655 Career Goals:236
England Appearances: 7 Goals: 3
Previous Clubs: Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, Southampton
Rickie Lambert Profile
Rickie Lambert was something of a surprise purchase by Liverpool FC in the summer of 2014.
Shortly after finishing runners up in the Premier League, the reds turned their attention to Adam Lallana of Southampton according to the media. However, at the end of May it was another Southampton player who became the first summer signing for Liverpool FC.
Lambert, from Kirkby in Merseyside, joined Liverpool FC's academy at the age of 10 but was eventually released aged 15.
After trials for local non-league Marine, he became a trainee with Blackpool at age 16. He made his debut in August 1999, at the age of 17, when he came on as a sub against Wrexham. He played twice more that season, both from the bench.
The following year his contract was renewed on a monthly basis and he was eventually released by Steve McMahon (then Blackpool boss) in November 2000.
Lambert spent 4 months as a free agent, including time working in a beetroot bottling plant, before signing for 3rd Division Macclesfield Town. His career began to blossom.
Macclesfield received a then club record £300,000 for him when Stockport purchased the player. Stockport did not enjoy the best of times and Lambert moved back down a division to Rochdale aged 23. He scored 22 goals in 46 games although Rochdale did not get promoted.
He moved to Bristol Rovers at the end of August 2006. The club were promoted to League One.
It was in this improved league that Lambert excelled. He played every game of the 07-08 campaign - grabbing 19 goals. The following season he scored 29 goals and was included in League One Team of the Year.
In August 2009 he joined Southampton for £1M+ who had just been relegated to League One.
He scored on his debut and scored 36 goals in all competitions in his first season. The club finished 1 point away from the play-offs despite having suffered a 10 point financial deduction. The next season saw the club promoted to the Championship after finishing runners up.
He scored a total of 31 goals the following season as the Saints earned promotion to the Premier League.
Season 2012-13 was his debut Premier League season. He played in all 38 league games and grabbed 15 goals. The following season he played in 37 games and bagged 13 Premier League goals as Southampton established themselves as a mid-table Premier League side.
He signed a two year deal with Liverpool FC and said at the time:
"I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn't think the chance would come."
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