Lambert love: Ex Reds captain on what striker will offer Liverpool

Rickie Lambert

Jamie Redknapp describes the kind of player the Reds are signing, and there's a lot to like about this late blooming Merseyside native.

It is fair to say Rickie Lambert's impending transfer to Liverpool has caught many people off guard, but, one Reds legend is saying, that's not to say he doesn't have plenty to offer the club.

Jamie Redknapp thinks the Liverpool born striker will be a superb signing for Anfield outfit, and it is hard to begrudge Lambert the chance to return to his boyhood club, a team he was released from as a youth when Redknapp was still turning out for the famous English giants.

Having undergone a medical in the city earlier today, it is expected the Reds will confirm a deal for the 32-year-old some time this weekend. 

Lambert's age is just part of the surprise when it comes to the Southampton striker being identified as a target by Brendan Rodgers, with the former Swansea man traditionally being a manager that has sought to develop a more youthful team.

But Lambert, who is set to go to Brazil with England this summer, is well worth the acclaim many are bestowing upon him, having successfully remained a top class forward whatever level he finds himself playing at.

This year he scored 13 Premier League goals for the Saints, setting up 11 more, figures that make him a more than capable addition to a Liverpool side limited in depth up front.

It also means he can play with or instead of talismanic strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, without the team losing that proven Premier League quality.

"Rickie Lambert's had a great season," said Redknapp.

"He's not blessed with pace, the role that he will have is to bring people into play.

"He plays with a very modern Southampton side, he's not one of those centre forwards that just stands up front, you don't have to be direct as he will come into areas in midfield.

"He's a lovely link player, and I think he deserves this opportunity I really do."

It'll be some homecoming when Lambert first takes to the Anfield pitch in the red of Liverpool, expect a hearty reception from the crowd and an emotional Lambert.

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