Rickie Lambert 'itching to get back' gets him some early brownie points

Lambert cut his holiday short to start pre-season training early with his boyhood club.

New Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has said this has been the first time he has been looking forward to pre-season, after he cut short his holiday to report to training a week earlier than expected. 

The forward signed from Southampton prior to the World Cup for a fee believed to be around £4.5 million, bringing the 32-year-old back to the club he supported as boy, who also let him go at the age of 15.

He told the official Liverpool website: "I was itching to get back, be with the lads and play football.

"This [early start] is what I have to do now; it's no longer a choice for me, really. I know my body and know what I've got to do, to get into the same shape as everybody else and it tends to be that I need to do a little bit more.

"It was always my intention to come back earlier, whether I was at Southampton or Liverpool - but obviously I am desperate to hit the ground running and do well for Liverpool.

"I thought it was massively important I come back early, and make sure I'm in the best shape possible for when the season kicks off, because that's what all this is for."

Lambert is sure to earn some early brownie points with Liverpool fans by showing such commitment early on in his career at Anfield.

Initially it was thought he was brought in as an forward option who was prepared to be rotated during the season as Liverpool have returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2009, but with the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Lambert could find himself used a little more often than he first anticipated.

He has a good goalscoring record in the Premier League having reached double figures from each of his two seasons at Southampton - and more of the same would probably satisfy Liverpool fans. 

Lambert has made a good first impression, and has probably put the wheels in motion for him to become a favourite amongst the fans in the forthcoming campaign.

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