Kennedy - Lambert has to make the most of Suarez absence

Alan Kennedy believes Suarez's ban could create a great opportunity for Rickie Lambert.

Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy has said that new striker Rickie Lambert will have to make of the most of the opportunity afforded to him in light of Luis Suarez's four month ban from football. 

Suarez will miss at least 13 of Liverpool's opening games in the new season, as he is banned from all football activity until the end of October.

Lambert was Liverpool's first signing of the summer, making a £4.5 million switch from Southampton in what is viewed by many as a fairytale move for the 32-year old, having been released from the Reds at the age of 15. 

In an interview with, two-time European Cup winner Kennedy said: “I really rate Lambert but I was worried he might have been frustrated at starting next season on the bench.

“With Suarez now missing, Lambert will get a chance to link up with Daniel Sturridge and what I’ve seen of them briefly with England. The combination could be Liverpool’s future and England’s immediate future, too.

“There is always someone who benefits from another’s misfortune, and it is never more so than in football. Lambert has a great chance to hit the ground running at Liverpool and he has to make the most of it."

Lambert himself may not have been expecting regular first team football at Anfield but looks as though that's what he will get at Liverpool at the start of next season unless the Reds opt to bring in another striker during the transfer window.

He may have been signed with the view of keeping Suarez and Sturridge as the preferred front two as Liverpool looked to bring in a striker that can give them a different option in certain games, has a decent goalscoring record and come up with the goods for them, along with the fact they are prepared to be rotated.

If Lambert hits the ground running, he could help lay the foundations for Liverpool to have another decent season, and if Suarez is still at the club come November - their star striker could provide the rest of the ammunition for a decent season. 

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch