When West Ham boss Sam Allardyce compared Southampton and England international Rickie Lambert to former Tottenham and Manchester United player Teddy Sheringham, he might have been on to something.
They both made their way through the footballing ranks (Sheringham with Millwall and Lambert with Blackpool), starting at lowest division of English professional leagues Division Three (now rebranded as League Two).
They both stand over 6 feet tall (Sheringham 6ft 1in, Lambert 6ft 2in) and both were on the cusp of a move to a traditional big club after the age of 31 - the general consensus for when a striker's prime comes to an end.
Yet, Sheringham defied all expectations to be great success scoring 46 goals in 145 games for the Red Devils. He forever wrote his name into Man Utd folklore by scoring two quick-fire goals from the bench in two finals, showing himself to be an important cog during the most successful period in the club's history.
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Rickie Lambert has the same potential to repeat the same success with Liverpool. Like Sheringham, he is good in the air but he is far more versatile than that. He is very technical with the ball at his feet and as such is a threat from outside the box with his link up play and his devastating free-kicks.
The following videos, the first a game against Fulham where he was responsible for all three of Southampton's goals, and the second, a compilation of his goals and assists, will give you a clue of how varied the threat's Lambert carries are.
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When it comes to turnovers (losing the ball due to a loose touch), Lambert is in a league of his own. His tally of 1.4 per game is far superior to Suarez's 2.8 per game and Sturridge's 1.8 per game; only Sterling at 1.2 per game can boast better figures.
All in all, it is clear Lambert's strengths are a rare commodity lacking in Liverpool's attacking game. They have pace and trickery with Sterling; movement and finishing with Sturridge; skill and technique with Suarez, but none hold up the ball as well as Lambert does, nor do they have the raw strength of the Southampton man.
Like Teddy Sheringham in 1997, Lambert will be under no illusion about his status in the Liverpool attack; he is there to provide depth and most of the time, be an impact player, but that does not mean he cannot have a fruitful career at Anfield. Lest we not forget Lambert is an ardent Liverpool fan and academy player, with a point to prove after failing to make the grade as a teenager.
Earlier in the season Brendan Rodger had this to say on the soon to be Liverpool player: “I think Rickie is a terrific player,” said Rodgers.
“I sent him a fax when he made his England debut as I know he is a big Red. I sent it on behalf of the club and all Kopites.
“He is a Kirkby boy and I was just wishing him well, saying we were all proud of him playing for England.
“He’s probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is. He is probably seen as a traditional big number nine, a typical British striker, but he’s one of the most accomplished footballers I’ve seen.
“Look at his touch and the different types of goals he scores, he is a terrific player.
“'People look back now and say it was a mistake (by Liverpool to let Lambert go), but there may have been something at the time that was a factor.
“He just might not have been ready for what Liverpool was at that time, but there is absolutely no doubt within development it cannot just be about what the player is now. With young talent you always have to look at what they could be.
“You see so many young British players who are thrown to the garbage because maybe they are not strong or they are not quick when they are going through growth spurts. The emphasis at younger ages should be technique. But I have been a big admirer of Rickie.”
*Statistics courtesy of WhoScored