Crystal Palace are currently linked with a January move for Liverpool star Rickie Lambert, and new boss Alan Pardew has now confirmed that the Eagles are definitely interesting in signing the struggling striker.
According to The Guardian this week:
“Rickie Lambert [is] a transfer target for Crystal Palace.
“Alan Pardew has inquired about the availability of Lambert”
When asked this week about his alleged interest in Lambert, Pardew confirmed that he is ‘monitoring’ Lambert, adding:
“I did have a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers], but I don’t think Rickie is going anywhere. He wants to stay try and win his position, and I have no doubt he can do that.”
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are also not interested in selling:
“Brendan Rodgers has no intention of selling Lambert. The signing was always viewed as a Plan B and Rodgers wants to ensure they have that between now and the end of the campaign”.
Lambert’s wish to stay and fight for his place is admirable, but that ship has arguably already sailed. With Balotelli and Borini misfiring, Sturridge out injured, Lambert had a golden opportunity to make himself the go-to striker at Anfield, but he singularly failed to do that.
Sturridge will soon return; Sterling has superseded him as the club’s main striker (for now), and the Reds are sure to sign a new top-class goalscorer sooner rather than later. As such, Lambert may not get another sustained opportunity to prove he’s the man for the job.
One thing’s for sure – Liverpool fans won’t shed any tears if £5m-rated Lambert leaves. Last week, I conducted a poll on the site asking fans whether Liverpool should sell the striker:
* 10950 (approx) people participated in the poll (which is still onging)
* A whopping 84% of participants votes for Liverpool to dump Lambert.
That’s a stunning vote of no-confidence in Lambert, and from here on in, the best he can hope for is the odd appearance in cup competitions, or perennial sub-duty.
Lambert’s desire to stay is understandable, though, and I don’t begrudge his refusal to countenance leaving. Liverpool is a dream come true, and in the same position, I’d fight tooth and nail to stay at Anfield, too, even if it meant warming the bench.