Should Liverpool loan Rickie Lambert back to Southampton in January?

The 32-year-old's dream move to his boyhood club is becoming somewhat of a nightmare.

Rickie Lambert's Liverpool dream is fast becoming a nightmare.

The club the 32-year-old supported as a boy released him during his teenage years but his chance for redemption finally arrived this summer, when Brendan Rodgers brought him to Anfield for £4 million.

Except... what did Rodgers actually sign him for? Lambert arrived on Merseyside as part of a cheap deal but appearances have been hard to come by for the target man so far this season.

It looks as though the former Southampton striker was only brought to Liverpool with the understanding that Luis Suarez would stay at Anfield (perhaps a naive assumption from the club.) That way, Suarez and Daniel Sturridge would be Plan A - and Lambert Plan B.

In reality, the 32-year-old has barely looked a plan C, with Rodgers not giving him the time of day when it comes to team selection, despite the minimal success he has had with Mario Balotelli.

So should Liverpool look to respect Lambert as a man and footballer and loan him out for first-team football in January?

The long-term injury to Sturridge suggests the Reds must recruit another striker during the winter transfer window - but that would only push Lambert further down the pecking order. And what better place for Lambert to go than old club Southampton?

Granted, the Saints already have the likes of Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Shane Long within their ranks. Lambert, though, would make a fine back-up and will still get more game time at St Mary's than at Anfield.

The future of Jay Rodriguez, meanwhile, could also leave Southampton needing one more striker. Should the 25-year-old be sold in January, Ronald Koeman may enlist the help of another forward - and who better than a Southampton icon?

Keeping Lambert at Liverpool, meanwhile, just to leave him on the bench, is quite frankly an insult to a successful striker who, only very recently, was at the peak of his powers. At 32, Lambert is heading towards the twilight of his career. Why waste it doing nothing?

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