It seems like Liverpool will keep hold of Rickie Lambert this January after it’s reported he has rejected a move to Aston Villa. James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has tweeted that a deal for Lambert now is incredibly unlikely.
Rickie Lambert is 32-years-old and is a boyhood Liverpool fan so it seems he wasn’t willing to move away from his dream club after just 6 months there. Lambert began in the Liverpool youth academy before moving to Blackpool upon his release. During this time it is of course well noted he worked in a beetroot factory.
Lambert also played for Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before moving to Southampton for £1m in August 2009. Lambert netted 30 League One goals in his first season with the Saints, then going on to prove himself at Championship and Premier League level. After 106 league goals in 207 league appearances for Southampton he joined Liverpool for £4m in the summer of 2014.
Lambert has struggled for regular game time and goals at Anfield, netting twice in 17 showings in the Premier League. With 3 in 24 in all competitions it was thought Rodgers was willing to allow Lambert to move on to Villa, helping the Premier League strugglers. Lambert has to now prove himself for the Reds and fight to be a key player as they seek for Champions League qualification.