Rickie Lambert has told Sports Yapper that his goal against Ludogorets for Liverpool in the Champions League was a 'great achievement'.
Lambert, a Merseyside-born Liverpool fan, started his career with the Reds at the age of ten, but by 15 he'd been released - and after a career which saw him play for Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Southampton, Lambert returned to play for Liverpool; 17 years after his release.
Now 32, Lambert arrived having scored 29 goals in two Premier League seasons for Southampton, and was seen as a 'Plan B' option for Liverpool if manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to play more direct.
So far, Lambert has scored three goals in 25 games for Liverpool, and whilst that tally may not be too impressive, one goal stands out from the rest.
Faced with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, the Reds fell behind early - only for Lambert to respond with his first ever Champions League goal.
Liverpool drew that game 2-2 on their way to a group stage exit at the hands of FC Basel, and whilst things didn't go to plan for the Reds in the Champions League, Lambert told Sports Yapper that he was proud to have scored a goal in the world's premier European club competition.
"As you could tell from my reaction, I went to get the ball because we needed to win the game," said Lambert when asked how he felt after scoring. "I didn't think until afterwards that I'd scored in the Champions League. It was a great achievement. It was something I'll always remember," he added.
Lambert hasn't started a game for Liverpool in over two months now, but remains a valued member of Rodgers' squad at Anfield - and regardless, the striker will never forget scoring a Champions League goal for his hometown and boyhood club.