John Aldridge says Liverpool's Rickie Lambert has a 'massive decision' to make in the summer

Rickie Lambert has found himself on the fringes of the Liverpool fold for much of the season.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says Rickie Lambert has a 'massive' decision to make in the summer.

Lambert has not been a regular for the Reds this season and was even told that he could leave for Aston Villa in the winter transfer window, before eventually deciding to remain at his boyhood club following an arrival from Southampton just a few months previous – a call he explained to the Liverpool Echo.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column on the 33-year-old frontman: "I think he’d have made a bigger mark than Fabio Borini or Mario Balotelli if he’d have been given more of a chance.

"I know it’s all hypothetical now but if he had started a few more of those early games instead of Balotelli then he might be on double figures now.

"Unfortunately it hasn’t happened for Rickie, for whatever reason, and he’s got a big decision to make in the close season.

"Does he want to stay and be a bit-part player in the squad next season or does he want to leave his beloved club and play more games somewhere else?

"It’s a massive call because other clubs are interested in him."

Lambert has scored just three goals for Liverpool this season, two of them coming during his only serious spell in the side around November/December - while he has been given the responsibility of leading the line in the club’s last two games.

It seems that strengthening Liverpool's forward line by adding more firepower in the summer is going to be top of manager Brendan Rodgers's agenda - which could mean Lambert falling further down the pecking order.

Danny Ings looks set to move to Merseyside – per the Daily Mirror - and Divock Origi is joining in the summer at the end of his loan back at Lille, but there looks to be space for another forward in the summer, and Lambert's opportunities may be limited again - though the Europa League could provide chances for fringe players to make an impression.

Both Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini look more and more likely to leave the club in the summer, with a period of plenty activity expected at Anfield as Liverpool try and bounce back from a pretty disappointing 2014/15 campaign.

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