It was all smiles for the boyhood Liverpool fan after he surprisingly signed for the club at the ripe old age of 32 in May 2014. The striker was bought as a ‘plan B’ for the Reds but played a lot more than anyone could have predicted due to Daniel Sturridge’s persistent injury problems and the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Things did not turn out the way Lambert would have wanted, however. Lambert only managed three goals in his Liverpool career (none of them coming at Anfield) before moving on to West Brom in July 2015 and then Cardiff afterwards. Lambert, now 35, announced his retirement from football in October 2017.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
A £75million deal has been agreed between the two clubs that will see Virgil Van Dijk swap the south coast for Merseyside. The Dutchman will sign on January 1st.
The move has attracted a huge amount of attention after Liverpool finally wore Southampton down and got the man they initially wanted to acquire last summer.
However, many have already questioned whether the centre-back is the answer to Liverpool's defensive problems and if too much has been paid to secure Van Dijk's signature.
He is the sixth Saints player to move to Anfield since the 2014 summer transfer window. Some have proved a success for Liverpool but others have failed to live up to their promise.
But how have these players done in Liverpool colours? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT's assessment of the players who have left St Mary's for Liverpool.
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