Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails Rickie Lambert as "one of the most accomplished footballers I've seen"

Basingstoke Gazette: Brendan Rodgers Brendan Rodgers

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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11:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

J7junctionseven says...

We know but thanks for telling us you think the same. I'll sleep better now
We know but thanks for telling us you think the same. I'll sleep better now J7junctionseven
  • Score: 12

12:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

jls217 says...

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.
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. jls217
  • Score: 19

1:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

jls217 wrote:
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.
I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner !
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

You still won't play him every week though.
You still won't play him every week though. Costa Baz
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

SaintJD says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
jls217 wrote:
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.
I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner !
Good luck Rickie, but people saying this is fantastic money wise for Saints are wrong I'm afraid.

Maybe 20 years ago, but in the age of Sky, £5 million for a player that has scored 15 goals in the last two seasons is pointless money that we'd have recouped in the odd league position he'd earn us, even if coming off the bench.

So he might not be worth anything in two years time? So what. Personally I think missing out on £5 million for one or two extra seasons of Rickie Lambert and for his impact on the dressing room and Sam Gallagher is a no brainer.

Nice of us to let him join his boyhood club, but good business for Saints? Errr, no.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner ![/p][/quote]Good luck Rickie, but people saying this is fantastic money wise for Saints are wrong I'm afraid. Maybe 20 years ago, but in the age of Sky, £5 million for a player that has scored 15 goals in the last two seasons is pointless money that we'd have recouped in the odd league position he'd earn us, even if coming off the bench. So he might not be worth anything in two years time? So what. Personally I think missing out on £5 million for one or two extra seasons of Rickie Lambert and for his impact on the dressing room and Sam Gallagher is a no brainer. Nice of us to let him join his boyhood club, but good business for Saints? Errr, no. SaintJD
  • Score: 6

3:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Scousers, they'll nick anything.
Scousers, they'll nick anything. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 8

3:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

SaintJD wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
jls217 wrote:
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.
I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner !
Good luck Rickie, but people saying this is fantastic money wise for Saints are wrong I'm afraid.

Maybe 20 years ago, but in the age of Sky, £5 million for a player that has scored 15 goals in the last two seasons is pointless money that we'd have recouped in the odd league position he'd earn us, even if coming off the bench.

So he might not be worth anything in two years time? So what. Personally I think missing out on £5 million for one or two extra seasons of Rickie Lambert and for his impact on the dressing room and Sam Gallagher is a no brainer.

Nice of us to let him join his boyhood club, but good business for Saints? Errr, no.
its a signal of intent from saints ,rick will be replaced with a younger more prolific striker who quicker with his feet , several times last season rick looked way out of his depth with saints mega quick passing game !but he made up for its with his other attributes, ie holding ball up . It was the done gentlemanly thing to do letting rick take his loved one back home . THIS MOVE WAS BEST FOR ALL ,he gets my blessing , no brainer he earnt it .so errr yes good move !and we only gave a mil for him .
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]I VE utmost respect for rick but he s at the end of his carreer , this was fantastic money wise for saints . BUT if i was a diverpool fan i would be concerned, if thats a statement of lfc s skin flint intent i would be worried as hell . when suarrez goes to barcelona which he s gonna you guys will be mid table for sure lfc are a one man army ! louis suarez is off, he was broken to bit s a crumpled heap on the pitch when lfc cowboys through the prem title completely away when you had it in the bag , he wont suffer you fools to much longer , my moneys on a big club like barcelona or chelsea lol . he s a gonner ![/p][/quote]Good luck Rickie, but people saying this is fantastic money wise for Saints are wrong I'm afraid. Maybe 20 years ago, but in the age of Sky, £5 million for a player that has scored 15 goals in the last two seasons is pointless money that we'd have recouped in the odd league position he'd earn us, even if coming off the bench. So he might not be worth anything in two years time? So what. Personally I think missing out on £5 million for one or two extra seasons of Rickie Lambert and for his impact on the dressing room and Sam Gallagher is a no brainer. Nice of us to let him join his boyhood club, but good business for Saints? Errr, no.[/p][/quote]its a signal of intent from saints ,rick will be replaced with a younger more prolific striker who quicker with his feet , several times last season rick looked way out of his depth with saints mega quick passing game !but he made up for its with his other attributes, ie holding ball up . It was the done gentlemanly thing to do letting rick take his loved one back home . THIS MOVE WAS BEST FOR ALL ,he gets my blessing , no brainer he earnt it .so errr yes good move !and we only gave a mil for him . noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

long memory says...

Thank you Brenden,now go away and leave us alone,the mention of Liverpool FC in Southampton at present is greeted with total hatred.
Thank you Brenden,now go away and leave us alone,the mention of Liverpool FC in Southampton at present is greeted with total hatred. long memory
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

saintbobby says...

Brendon, you have got a gem even if a bit older than you usually sign.

But you would have had no chance if Rickie had not come from Liverpool. His transfer just should show to you that Southampton is a fantastic, caring club . Expect we will beat you next year as recognition for our niceness.

Up the Saints!
Brendon, you have got a gem even if a bit older than you usually sign. But you would have had no chance if Rickie had not come from Liverpool. His transfer just should show to you that Southampton is a fantastic, caring club . Expect we will beat you next year as recognition for our niceness. Up the Saints! saintbobby
  • Score: 5

3:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

long memory wrote:
Thank you Brenden,now go away and leave us alone,the mention of Liverpool FC in Southampton at present is greeted with total hatred.
ye and as for all these so called lfc fans around the south who have never seen a match at crapfield sorry anfield , you make me sick sick sick , glory hunters and nearly as bad as manure fans !scousers generally hate southerners ,aint you heard of the north south devide . lol
[quote][p][bold]long memory[/bold] wrote: Thank you Brenden,now go away and leave us alone,the mention of Liverpool FC in Southampton at present is greeted with total hatred.[/p][/quote]ye and as for all these so called lfc fans around the south who have never seen a match at crapfield sorry anfield , you make me sick sick sick , glory hunters and nearly as bad as manure fans !scousers generally hate southerners ,aint you heard of the north south devide . lol noodlesnewman
  • Score: 1

3:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spratt says...

Has anyone else wondered why the sudden enthusiasm by Rogers for our Rickie who hes never shown any interest in before. in spite of "always having felt this way?" Why on earth would a massive club like Liverpool need him in the twilight of his career? Could it not be that him on board would entice Lallana and Lovren to follow.? Sprat to catch a mackerel?
Has anyone else wondered why the sudden enthusiasm by Rogers for our Rickie who hes never shown any interest in before. in spite of "always having felt this way?" Why on earth would a massive club like Liverpool need him in the twilight of his career? Could it not be that him on board would entice Lallana and Lovren to follow.? Sprat to catch a mackerel? spratt
  • Score: -3

4:04pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

spratt wrote:
Has anyone else wondered why the sudden enthusiasm by Rogers for our Rickie who hes never shown any interest in before. in spite of "always having felt this way?" Why on earth would a massive club like Liverpool need him in the twilight of his career? Could it not be that him on board would entice Lallana and Lovren to follow.? Sprat to catch a mackerel?
humm i mentioned this the other day ! bet ya life thats their plan . dodgy scousers ! got nooo chance tho . get big koe s in then on the march again !
[quote][p][bold]spratt[/bold] wrote: Has anyone else wondered why the sudden enthusiasm by Rogers for our Rickie who hes never shown any interest in before. in spite of "always having felt this way?" Why on earth would a massive club like Liverpool need him in the twilight of his career? Could it not be that him on board would entice Lallana and Lovren to follow.? Sprat to catch a mackerel?[/p][/quote]humm i mentioned this the other day ! bet ya life thats their plan . dodgy scousers ! got nooo chance tho . get big koe s in then on the march again ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: -1

4:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spratt says...

And I should have mentioned. Can we look forward to getting Bale back in his final years?
And I should have mentioned. Can we look forward to getting Bale back in his final years? spratt
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Mate you should stand at Dock Head and watch all the Boats coming in and going and Wish I was a Saints Manager!
Mate you should stand at Dock Head and watch all the Boats coming in and going and Wish I was a Saints Manager! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bingo from Sholing says...

One thing that I am interested in is why Liverpool and Manchester United both, reportedly, expressed wishes to sign our players before the World Cup tournament. Yes, I can see the possible commercial advantages and disadvantages, depending on how our boys perform, but there might be more to it than that. Both suitors have their own players on the way already. So why the rush? Why do they want their supporters and owners to sit a home with the warm feeling that our players are now their players, and at the Tournament? I leave it to you work out....
One thing that I am interested in is why Liverpool and Manchester United both, reportedly, expressed wishes to sign our players before the World Cup tournament. Yes, I can see the possible commercial advantages and disadvantages, depending on how our boys perform, but there might be more to it than that. Both suitors have their own players on the way already. So why the rush? Why do they want their supporters and owners to sit a home with the warm feeling that our players are now their players, and at the Tournament? I leave it to you work out.... Bingo from Sholing
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Mister E says...

Well said Brendan. Great to know Rickie will be fully appreciated!
Well said Brendan. Great to know Rickie will be fully appreciated! Mister E
  • Score: 1

10:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Chriops says...

Now that must really piff off Andy Carroll. lol.
You're just a Sh1t Ricky Lambert.

In all seriousness, sorry to see Ricky leave, but am happy for him to realize his dream of playing for his boyhood club
Now that must really piff off Andy Carroll. lol. You're just a Sh1t Ricky Lambert. In all seriousness, sorry to see Ricky leave, but am happy for him to realize his dream of playing for his boyhood club Chriops
  • Score: 0

4:26am Tue 3 Jun 14

cebu blue says...

Roll on when Saints face Lambert and co. and Liverpool this coming season.
Roll on when Saints face Lambert and co. and Liverpool this coming season. cebu blue
  • Score: 0

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