According to the Sunday Express:
* Lambert could be farmed out on loan in January, with his old club Southampton the shock favourites to sign him on a short-term deal.
* Rodgers will almost certainly bring in another striker during the upcoming transfer window, which will force Lambert further down the pecking order.
* Lambert needs to be playing regularly to ensure he keeps his place in the England squad.
This sounds like BS to me, but the logic is sound: if Liverpool sign, say, Jackson Martinez in January, and Balotelli stays (plus Sturridge gets fit), then Lambert will struggle for game-time (even more so than now). As such, a loan-move doesn't seem that far-fetched.
Southampton, though? Liverpool have already financed the Saints' march up the table, so strengthening their squad even more makes no sense whatsoever. Plus, after all the fanfare over Lambert's signing, it'll be something of a personal humiliation to leave Anfield so quickly, so I'm sure he'll resist a loan move.
It seems that everyone expects Ronald Koeman's team to drop down the table at some point, but with Arsenal, Spurs, Man City, Everton, and Liverpool running hot-and-cold this season, Southampton could be the club to benefit, especially if the club strengthens again in the January transfer market.
On a related note: like Adam Lallana, Lambert is struggling with the mental requirements of playing for a massive club like Liverpool. Indeed, in an interview this week, he noted:
"I know the size of the club, it has taken me a while mentally to get into the right mind frame to be a Liverpool player. It was difficult at first but I feel I am in a better place now. I have just been desperate for the opportunity"
Maybe I'm being harsh, but this really gets my goat. Why do Liverpool continually sign players who seemingly can't hack the pressure and/or expectation? Why can't this problem be pinpointed in the scouting/player research process?
Liverpool have suffered as a result of the mental weakness of players like Lallana, Lambert, Lovren etc, and after almost 4 months of the season, their failure to hit the ground running has contributed to a situation where the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are already in the toilet.
As for Lambert, as always, the important question is this: will his potential exit in January make any difference to Liverpool's forward progress? For me, the answer is a resounding NO, so I personally have no issue with him being sent out on loan.
Author: Jaimie K