Rickie Lambert said one of the things he did before he signed for Liverpool was ask what it was like working under manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers has presided over an incredible rise during his two years at Anfield so far. After getting to grips with the job in his first season at the Reds, he led them to a second place finish in his second season – back into the Champions League and to within two points of an elusive Premier League title.
The 32-year-old striker was confirmed as a Liverpool player yesterday in a deal that is believed to be in the region of £4 million.
Lambert is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I’ve spoken to the players quite a bit about Liverpool, although I’ve tried not to batter them too much! They’ve got nothing but good things to say about the club and especially Brendan Rodgers.
“I think I know everything about the club, but I wanted to know about Brendan. That was even before the interest from Liverpool – I wanted to know how he was. As I said, they all had nothing but good words to say about him.”
It was unsurprising that Lambert will have wanted to know more about the man who is managing him next season, but there is also the aspect of him being a fan to add to that. But it does demonstrate he is keen to know all he needs to know about his new boss, and know what to expect when he takes part in his first training session at Melwood.
Liverpool's latest signing will have been pleased to hear all of the positive comments ahead of his time back at his boyhood club, in what is said to be a fairytale move. Now all he'll want is a fairytale ending to his career that ends up with him picking up some significant silverware.