Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has welcomed Rickie Lambert back to the club with open arms.
The 32-year-old moved to the Merseyside outfit from Southampton for a reported transfer fee of £4 million on Monday.
Lambert started his youth career at Liverpool when he was 10, but five years later he was released. Since then, the striker played for a number of clubs in the lower divisions of English football, including Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
Then in 2009, Lambert moved to Southampton, who were then in League One. As the Saints continued to gain promotions and eventually regained their place in the Premier League, the Englishman’s stock started to rise.
Under manager Mauricio Pochettino in the 2013-14 season, Lambert had a brilliant campaign, scoring 14 goals in 39 matches in all competitions for Southampton, taking his tally to 117 in 235 appearances for the South-Coast club.
Lambert’s story has been incredible and now that he is back at the club he dearly loves, former Liverpool midfielder Hamann has paid tribute to the 32-year-old for continuing his footballing journey.
The former Germany international, who played for Manchester City between 2006 and 2009, made the following comment about Lambert on social networking site twitter.
What an amazing year Ricky Lambert had. What a story. Welcome back home Ricky.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) June 3, 2014