Southampton star backs Rickie Lambert to be a success at Liverpool

Steven Davis believes that the England international can impress at Anfield, after he joined the club on Monday.

Southampton midfielder Steven Davies has backed his former teammate, Rickie Lambert, to be a success at his new club, Liverpool.

Lambert, a boyhood Liverpool fan, completed his dream move to the club he supports on Monday for a fee of around £5 million and it completes a dramatic rise to the top of the game for the striker.

The 32-year-old has played in every division in the Football League and his rise seems to have reached its peak – with the powerful front-man also heading to Brazil for the World Cup with England..

Davis expects that Lambert will be able to cope with the incessant upwards trajectory of his career, though, and has backed him to be a hit at Anfield.

"I know how much it will mean for him to sign for Liverpool and I hope he will go on to be a success there which I'm sure he will because he has all the attributes and attitude,” he said in an interview with BT Sport.

"I'm sure he thought his time was gone in terms of getting his chance to go there but I remember how much it meant to him just to play at Anfield with Southampton in our first season back in the Premier League, he had all his family there.

"It's been an unbelievable rise for him and that is a credit to him for how he has adapted his game."

Lambert’s scoring record for Southampton has been nothing short of incredible. He has notched 106 times in 207 appearances for the Saints across three divisions and will be looking to replicate that form at his new club.

However, when he joins up with Liverpool he is likely to find first team chances harder to come by than he did at St. Mary’s.

Lambert was a mainstay in Southampton’s first-team, but with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez forming the most deadly strike-partnership in the Premier League last season he is unlikely to dislodge either player in his favoured position.

That doesn’t mean that he isn’t a good signing for The Reds, though. Lambert will provide a different sort of outlet for the team and, given his composed nature in-front of goal, will be able to thrive off the amount of chances that Liverpool’s team can create.

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