By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool supporters have paid tribute to Rickie Lambert on social media after the former England international announced his retirement from professional football.
Simon Peach, chief football writer at the Press Association, posted an official statement from the 35-year-old striker on his official Twitter account which confirmed that Lambert would be hanging up his boots.
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) October 2, 2017
After helping Southampton gain promotion to the Premier League and help the club secure survival in the 2012/13 campaign, Lambert completed a move to Anfield in 2014 for a reported fee of £4million.
The striker was asked to replace the goals of the departing Luis Suarez and improve the Reds’ second-placed finish during the previous season.
However, Lambert was unable to replicate his Southampton performances on Merseyside, scoring three goals and providing two assists in 36 appearances for the club.
Liverpool decided to sell the striker to fellow Premier League side West Bromwich Albion the following summer.
Although he failed to meet expectations at Anfield, Liverpool fans still took to social media to thank Lambert for his one season at the club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Lived the dream of playing for Liverpool,happy retirement Rickie Lambert
— YCLee (@YCLee18122001) October 2, 2017
— Nxrdie 🍀 (@nxrdie) October 2, 2017
— LFCFanz (@LFCFanz) October 2, 2017
— JC (@JohnnyC_29) October 2, 2017
Ah sad to hear that Rickie Lambert has retired, I wish he was given more of a chance at #LFC
— Hollie.✨- Vote Labour (@hollie_lfc) October 2, 2017
Happy Retirement to Rickie Lambert. A local lad who worked hard right through the leagues to live the dream… pic.twitter.com/m3BXJcWRgW
— "YNWA" LFC Story (@LFCHistoryShow) October 2, 2017
Remember when we replaced Suarez with Rickie Lambert. Good times 👍#LFC
— Mike A 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@porx_79) October 2, 2017
Lambert retires from the game having scored 224 league goals in his professional career and notching up three goals for the England national team.