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  • "Rogered - You're absolutely right this time, Ricky was a joy to watch and is as complete a footballer as a striker or just behind as I've seen. You seem to have overlooked the goals he has set up for his team mates but we'll let that pass.

    Where you're totally wrong is with Lallana and Lovren - they're never going to make the grade. Not Skiverpool's style of players. Both hit the bottle too hard the night before a game. Can't be bothered to apply themselves in training, over priced over paid, they'll cause mayhem in the locker room and **** all the way back in the coach. In short you would be better off looking somewhere else if you want to keep the high standards required of Skiverpool fans and management. We'll call you again when they're 32 years old. There will be no charge for this sage advice."
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails Rickie Lambert as "one of the most accomplished footballers I've seen"

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

First published in Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his new signing, Rickie Lambert, is one of the most accomplished players he has seen.

The 32-year-old striker joined the Reds this morning, after a deal worth close to £5m, plus add-ons, was agreed between the clubs.

Explaining the decision to sign Lambert, Rodgers said: "I've seen Rickie Lambert over the years and he's one of those players that probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is.

"It's only late on in his career - at 29, 30, 31 - that people are really starting to focus on his qualities. He was probably seen as the traditional big No.9, a British striker that is good in the air.

"But he's one of the most accomplished footballers I've seen. It has been so refreshing that he's got his call into the England team, and he certainly hasn't let anyone down - he has been outstanding.

"Look at his touch, look at the level of his goals, the different types of goals he has scored over his career, and he's a specialist on penalties as well.

"I think he is a terrific footballer and any team he plays against, he's always a handful."

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