Newbie ‘not a Liverpool player’, says ex-England striker

Former England international Rodney Marsh believes that Rickie Lambert will struggle at Liverpool.

The 32-year-old forward completed a fairytale switch back to his boyhood club this summer from Southampton, after spending much of his career in the lower leagues after being released as a teenager by the Reds.

Lambert enjoyed some success with the likes of Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, yet his big break came with the Saints as he fired them from League One to the Premier League.

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Despite proving himself as a capable top tier forward and earing a spot in England’s World Cup squad, Lambert has endured a difficult pre-season, in which some his performances have been well off of the pace.

And Marsh believes that the Merseyside-born forward will struggle to make any impact at Anfield:

“Rickie Lambert is going to spend the majority of the season on the bench,” he told talkSPORT.

“For me, he is not a Liverpool player, in the way that Brendan Rodgers wants to play.”

Lambert is set to play a back-up role to Daniel Sturridge and may find himself further down the pecking order if Ezequiel Lavezzi is signed from PSG for £18m.