Rickie Lambert has admitted that his time at Liverpool didn’t go the way he wanted but is adamant that he has no regrets about his time at his boyhood club.
Lambert – now at Cardiff City – joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 and played 25 times in the league for the Reds, scoring two goals.
However 18 of those outings came from the substitute bench and with Liverpool looking for more quality up front Lambert was allowed to leave after just one season, with the striker signing for West Brom in 2015.
The 34-year-old’s time at Anfield, despite spending most of it as a sub, was the culmination of a dream for Lambert that had seen the attacker work his way up from the lower league to rejoin the side that released him as a 15-year-old.
And Lambert is insistent that he has absolutely no regrets about the season he spent back on Merseyside, describing the transfer as “the offer of a lifetime”.
Lambert told This Is Anfield: “Maybe I wish I’d got the chance a few years earlier, at a different stage.
“But I can’t regret going there, absolutely no chance. It was an offer of a lifetime, even if it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.
“I can always say I played for Liverpool, it’s a club that’s still close to my heart and I wish them well. It’s life sometimes. I had to move on. I didn’t want to leave Liverpool, I wanted to make it work, but obviously I could see it wasn’t.
“I could have left earlier, but I wanted to try and make it work. But it wasn’t meant to be.”