19 games without a goal - Last time Liverpool signed a Southampton striker

Liverpool are set to sign Rickie Lambert from Southampton. Let's hope he has a better start than Peter Crouch.

Liverpool have moved to bring in Southampton striker Rickie Lambert this week, with the England international undergoing a medical with the club today. For the player it is a dream move. He is a Liverpool fan, released by the club at age 15, who has had to work his way up the divisions to finally prove himself worthy of playing for the club he loves.

Not many Southampton fans will begrudge him his move and they didn't the last time a Saints striker headed to Merseyside. In 2005, a financially crippled and recently relegated Southampton sold their star striker Peter Crouch to Liverpool for £7 million.

The tall striker had bagged 16 goals in 33 appearances on the South Coast and won his first England call-up as well - sound familiar?

But Lambert will be hoping he starts his Liverpool career better than Crouch.

Crouch could not buy a goal in his Liverpool early days, despite playing well and getting plaudits for his link up play, he just could not put the ball in the net.

It was 19 games, spanning over 24 hours of football, before he bagged a goal against Wigan Athletic, and duly put away another for good measure in the same game. His four month wait over he went on to have a good spell at the club, eventually leaving when first-team opportunities became limited.

Lambert is not one for messing around, he also has a habit for scoring on debut, but he might have to wait for his chances to hit the net - just like Crouch.

But what he will bring is all the players around him into the game with his excellent ball control, under-rated passing proficiency and undoubted strength. As long as he does that, the fans won't mind waiting four months for a goal once again.

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