9 Jan 2015

Transfer Surprise: LFC in contact with Prem rivals over shock deal for 'fantastic' striker

Crystal Palace are reportedly considering a January bid for struggling Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert.

According to The Guardian today:

"Rickie Lambert has emerged as a transfer target for Crystal Palace.

"Alan Pardew has inquired about the availability of Lambert, who he signed for Southampton in 2009.

"Liverpool are keen to retain Lambert despite his difficult start at Anfield"


'Fantastic' Lambert achieved a lifelong dream over the summer with his romantic move to Liverpool.

It's the stuff dreams are made of, but with only ten starts so far this season, that dream has quickly soured, and Lambert's fledgling Anfield career (arguably) reached its nadir this week with his anonymous performance against AFC Wimbledon, a team against which you'd expect Lambert to excel.

What exactly does Lambert bring to the team? His signing hasn't made a blind bit of difference to Liverpool so far, and if he leaves, the harsh truth is that he won't be missed. There's no room for sentiment, and if Rodgers brings in another striker, then I see no problem with allowing Lambert to leave, especially if the the Reds can make back the £4m transfer fee.

It's happened before. In 2009, Rafa Benitez jettisoned Robbie Keane after only six months at the club, but in this case, I doubt that history will repeat itself. After all hype about his 'dream' transfer in the summer, Lambert will fight tooth and nail to stay (as would I), and he'll probably see it as a personal humiliation if he's forced to leave the club he loves so much after only six months.

Lambert may be living the dream, but going from Suarez to Lambert is the stuff of nightmares...

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48 comments:

  1. I voted 'yes' but it's contingent on us getting a decent replacement.

    In practical terms I'd vote 'no', because I think it is unlikely we'll be able to better him with the funds we have available. I think we'd be better off selling Borini and trying to get Dybala, Lacazette or even Berahino (if the price is right) and settling for Sturridge plus one of [new guy] and Mario alongside him. I'd sell Lambert and Borini if it meant we could get one decent player like the three mentioned though. We'd be down to 3 strikers, but Sterling can fill in if we're desperate.

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  2. Emphatic YES!YES!YES!


    When Lambert starts you feel depressed its like you lost your job and your house etc that is how depressing Lambert starting is


    But Lambert was bought to come off bench get us a goal
    BUT
    There is nothing more uninspiring you die inside when you are drawing or losing and Lambert comes on, then seeing Lambert come on knowing we are just gonna lump it up our shape goes out of window, you know you have lost.


    We Liverpool fans want plan b to be more pace someone like Sinclair or Markovic




    Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  3. when dealing with old stock your first offer is your best offer,best all round he goes he serves no point

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  4. I voted yes but only if there's going to be a replacement for him. However had the poll been about Borini or Balotelli I would've voted yes as well but on the same terms - that there are adequate replacements brought in

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  5. Him plus 4m for Bolassie

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  6. Mane is way better

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  7. Maybe before you all sign his death warrant, Brendan tries to utilies him in the way that he was brought in for. He isn't and never will be a Suarez or Sturridge style player... Use him as a targetman and see what happens, if Brendan can't do that, then I would suggest Brendan the problem, not Lambert.

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  8. Problem is target man is quite boring
    rather watch someone who has pace and can take a man on

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  9. Problem is target man is not exciting and uninspiring
    rather watch someone who has pace and can take a man on

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  10. So that is only a month

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  11. Only sack him if he chooses not to resign. Can't ask for much more support than that ;-)

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  12. Yeah, you're probably right!

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  13. Yeah, this is my sentiment exactly. The way things are at the moment, I'd be willing to sacrifice him if we could get some players who better suit our game plan. I'd rather have Plan A locked down before we make sure we have a Plan B.

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  14. Can you put that slightly differently

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  15. I miss suarez like a child misses their play things..without suarez our attack is like a toothless barking dog

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  16. Yup. I definitely missed something. I'll catch up to this running joke one day. Feel like I've broken my humerus.

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  17. To be honest I'm not sure I'd like to watch Rickie take a man on

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  18. Berahino will cost more than 14m, whether we think he's worth it or not

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  19. That is because Ricky cannot dribble is slow has no flair , the anti -Messi

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  20. To be honest That's the kind of thing you really should be more sure about ;-)

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  21. I'd prefer Messi; thanks.

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  22. Chi Chi get the Yayo10:39 pm, January 09, 2015

    James Milner is the player to get us out of this mess is he??? Strewth!!!!! Give me a break

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  23. Are you still voting for yourself already told you about that geez are you 5 or something!!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. Thats most teams Loges not moneyball.

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  25. I disagree, Messi's auntie might be slow, but she dribbles a lot.

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  26. Couldn't help thinking the same

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  27. I think Logan's bit where he pretends to be Joe Allen's agent is pretty funny.

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  28. BR loves drooling over sub standard players who dont even come close to what LFC need at the moment nor even for the future. Without a proper managing director looking after our transfers, Liverpool are just boat with one paddle going in circles. Would do the club a world of good to have a glance at what their fan base is squawking about like a proper DM, competent CB and perhaps a keeper who isn't afraid to do their job. I love Liverpool but BR hasn't a clue how to bring players in.

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  29. But Robo Lasers, a key distinction is that these guys were already first team players at young ages. These are the prodigies who made it, whereas the others didn't, for a combination of lifestyle, attitude and most likely pressure. Nii Lamptey is a great case of all these 3 elements.

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  30. Sell Borini and Lambert.
    Do everything we can to get Lacazette.
    Bring back Origi early
    Forwards: Sturridge, Lacazette, Balotelli and Origi
    3 with pace and Balotelli to give us that something different (but not our only hope).

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  31. Sorry mate, but have you even ever been in agreement with yourself?

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  32. Put him in goal. Leave Mignolet on the coach

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  33. Right on the money.

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  34. Finally, the fake Sheikh is exposed! Hello Jason!

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  35. i had to laugh at you reaction, all the while thinking the exact same thing. to be honest i also feel that way when glen johnson, joe allen and simon mignolet play. the feeling isnt quite so strong with lethargic players like balotelli and gerrard but that does concern me too regarding how i feel results will go when they play. lambert out please. if anyone wants a few other wasters that would be great. i know its old news but i'm sad to see suso leaving.

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  36. i diagree. borini has hardly been used to his strengths either, nor has been given the confidence from the manager which young players thrive off. plus borini will work harder than anyone and his passion for the team he plays for is clear (similar to dirk kuyt and we could use one of that type of player). borini's attitude is so good he stayed and wanted to fight for his place. he hasnt been given any chances and yet he hasnt complained and i suspect is the sort of player who works hard in training too, to no avail. he is also mobile, fitting in with rodgers' high pressing, high energy gameplan. it all baffles me greatly how rodgers has treated one of first buys. lambert was never going to be a shrewd signing but borini could have come good and no doubt will develop well once he moves.

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  37. That picture is Stuart his dog is far more handsome.

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  38. It was said with love, mysterious Guest.

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  39. Clearly it has not worked out for Lambert. This club is far to massive for him. If we can get a decent offer then we should get rid.

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  40. Going to be interesting to see what Lucas decides to do. Stay or go to Inter. I reckon he will accept Inter's offer.

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  41. surprisingly I agree based on the little we saw of Borini at Arsenal. Aside from the emotional lapses, he hustled and was threatening while he was on the field....much better hustle and positioning than I have seen from Balo the whole season........

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  42. They don't get crosses in the box when Lambert plays?
    I would have still liked to see Borini and Balotelli given a run together.
    We played Suarez and Sturridge together and left Balotelli on his todd.
    I was not keen at first and he may have attitude but seeing his finishes against Gateshead and I know it was only Gateshead his finishing was clinical.

    Is Markovic really fast????
    He looks almost embarrassed to run, head the ball or shoot????

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