Date: 21st July 2015 at 9:32am
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Striker Rickie Lambert could be sold by the end of the week after scans on an injury showed nothing serious…

It’s not exactly the fairytale that turned into a nightmare but Rickie Lambert will no doubt have been dreaming of making a far greater impact upon his emotional return to Merseyside last summer.

The Liverpool-born, former Reds youth team player appeared to be a shrewd signing at £4m but has ultimately failed to replicate the form that first earned him England recognition while at Southampton.

A lack of opportunities, a contrast in playing styles and the general struggles of the team all contributed to a return of just three goals in 36 appearances, many of which were in cup competitions or as a substitute.

Now, with Christian Benteke imminent and Divock Origi and Danny Ings offering the pace and movement Brendan Rodgers‘ team lacked in the final third last term, the writing looks to be on the wall for Lambert.

There will be no shortage of takers though with The Telegraph claiming West Bromwich Albion are preparing a £3m offer.

The Mirror also credits fellow top flight sides Norwich City, Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth with holding a firm interest in the experienced frontman.

Lambert, 33, featured in Liverpool’s pre-season wins over the Thai All Stars and Brisbane Roar but missed yesterday’s 2-0 defeat of Adelaide United after picking up an injury in training.

Thankfully, subsequent scans have showed the problem is nothing serious and the ex-Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers forward is expected to return to training later this week.

That of course could depend on whether or not he needs to fly home to discuss terms with other clubs though.

Vital Comment
It’s no surprise to see people queuing up to take Lambert. Despite the disappointments of last season, he’s a model pro with invaluable experience which will serve someone else very well indeed. There’s no shortage of quality there either, as long as you utilise him correctly. It would have been amazing to see Lambert’s Liverpool career take off but sadly it was not to be. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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