Rickie Lambert delighted to have played with Steven Gerrard despite disappointing year for Liverpool

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Rickie Lambert was brought to Liverpool last summer and despite a disappointing season, will always remember playing alongside the iconic Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard received a send-off befitting of a Liverpool legend on Saturday in the home defeat to Crystal Palace.

It was a phenomenal experience seeing Gerrard perform in the red kit for one last time at Anfield, and he will undoubtedly be missed by Liverpool fans next season.

His presence and influence in that dressing room is unmatched and it will be impossible for Brendan Rodgers to replace him, despite the fact that he has not enjoyed the best of seasons on the pitch in 2014/15.

Liverpool have had a very disappointing campaign in general. After they lost Luis Suarez last summer, their failure to replace him properly has seen them go backwards. The strikers they brought in were inadequate and Daniel Sturridge has been injured all year.

Alongside the maverick Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, veteran striker Rickie Lambert was brought in from Southampton.

Lambert is a boyhood Liverpool fan, who always dreamt of playing for his childhood club. Although his dream did come true, he has looked out of his depth at Anfield and will probably be moved on again this summer.

Despite his disappointing campaign, Lambert is delighted to have played with Gerrard, even if it was for one season which ultimately ended in the Reds winning nothing and being completely off the pace in the Premier League.

Lambert told the Liverpool official website:“It's only been one year but I've watched him all my life so to play with him is incredible and something I'll always treasure.

“It's [a day] you can tell your kids about when they're older, it's been emotional. It's not the best result but it's not about that, it's about the years [Gerrard] has spent here. To be a part of it in a little way is unbelievable and the fans here can say they were here to see his last game at Anfield. I still can't believe it.

“The [fans] have always had a bit of class about them. It's the best club in the world and it's because of the fans. The send-off he's getting is fitting of Liverpool, it's brilliant to see.”

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