The stat that will whet the appetite of Liverpool fans next season

It may be the case that the signing of Rickie Lambert may be as important as any Liverpool make this summer.

Liverpool's new striker signing last night proved his quality for his national team, on the way to continuing an impressive run of form.

One of the most intriguing things to emerge from England's win over Ecuador was the increasing evidence of Rickie Lambert's ability to effect games at the very highest level.

The former Southampton man has trodden a remarkable path from League Two football all the way up to impending World Cup and Champions League football. What is all the more astonishing is that he has barely broken stride when it comes to continuing to perform against whichever new standard of opposition he finds himself up against.

Lambert has now scored 3 goals in his 5 England appearances, while also providing 3 assists for teammates. That is some statistic for a 31/32-year-old who has made less than a half dozen international appearances.

That he didn't even play top flight football until 2012 shows just how capable Lambert is of stepping up and performing. The forward plays the same way whoever he's up against, capable of holding the ball up, laying it off to others, good in the air and with a powerful shot as he proved last night, he also plays with the intelligence of Teddy Sheringham, making him a quality addition to any side.

With 13 goals and 11 assists for Southampton in the Premier League season just gone, and 15 goals and 7 assists the year before, it's clear the Kirkby born player is more than comfortable both finding the net and helping others do so.

If Lambert gets more game time against Honduras and continues to score and influence the game, England manager Roy Hodgson may just find it impossible to leave the new Liverpool signing out, with the possibility he could spearhead an attack with Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge playing off him.

Don't be surprised to see Lambert take to Anfield with similar ease, and it may well be a case that he becomes more of an integral player than he could have hoped.

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