Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that Southampton’s Rickie Lambert will be a “magnificent” signing for his old club.

The England international looks set to complete a surprise switch to Anfield in the coming days, with a £4m fee understood to have been settled with the Saints.

Few had predicted that Brendan Rodgers would move for Lambert, who at 32 is now approaching the final years of his career.

But Fowler – one of the Merseysiders’ best ever forwards – believes the Southampton ace will thrive at Liverpool.

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When asked by talkSPORT whether the veteran striker would be a good addition for his old side, he said:

“[He would be] a magnificent one. For £4m you’re getting a recognised striker who scores goals in the Premier League and who can hold balls up.

“He’s probably what Liverpool need. I think he’s got a little bit of everything. It doesn’t fit with what Liverpool were saying about young players coming in but for £4m I don’t think you can argue with it.

“It gives Liverpool more and more options in attack which is what I think they need.”

Lambert started his career as a youth player at Liverpool, before being released at the age of 15.

He then worked his way up through the Football League, and gained promotion to the top tier with Southampton in 2012.