Former Southampton and Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is expecting a great game when his two former clubs go head-to-head at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Lambert, who remains a Saints hero following his four-and-a-half year stay on the south coast, where he struck 117 goals in 235 appearance to help the team back into the Premier League, is looking forward to the match against his boyhood club from Merseyside.
The frontman moved to Liverpool in 2014, but ended his stay there after one year before moving onto West Bromwich Albion, and then Cardiff City, earlier this year. He is therefore an interested spectator this weekend.
“It’s going to be a great game and a hard one to call,” he told Premier League Productions. “Liverpool’s unbelievable going forward at the moment but I think Southampton are one of the strongest teams defensively and as a team, going forward and defending, Southampton are a very, very good team.”
When pushed on who he’d liked to see take all three points, however, Lambert couldn’t be persuaded.
“It’s hard to predict who’s going to win. I honestly can’t say,” he said.
“I probably wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a draw. Who do I want to win? Again that’s a very difficult question for me to answer.
“I still feel a lot closer to Southampton – for everything I did there.
“The closeness I got with the fans and obviously, the friends I made but I also have a lot of friends at Liverpool too so I don’t want to say really!”
IT'S HARD TO PREDICT WHO'S GOING TO WIN. I HONESTLY CAN'T SAY.RICKIE LAMBERT
FORMER SOUTHAMPTON & LIVERPOOL STRIKER