Southampton enjoyed a successful season with an eight place finish, a vast improvement after finishing 14th in 2012/2013. Their success was down to Mauricio Pochettino's brand of attacking football and the performances of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, and Luke Shaw among their best performers over the course of the Premier League campaign. That success has already cost Southampton their incumbent manager, with Pochettino penning a five-year deal to take over Tottenham for the upcoming season.
The latest news from St. Mary's is concerning striker Rickie Lambert, as he's been rumored to be a subject of Liverpool's serious interest. According to Sky Sports (and their sources), Liverpool has offered around £8m to £10m for the service of the 32-year old. Lambert himself is known to be a Liverpool supporter, which means should Southampton accept Liverpool's bid, there should be no significant hurdle for Lambert to join his boyhood club.
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier had this to say regarding Lambert's possible move:
If Rickie joins lfc i will say good luck to him and thanks for helping to resurrect #sfc its His boyhood team and in CL. #stillahero— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) May 29, 2014
At 32, a move to Liverpool would represent a full circle in Lambert's career, having been once in Liverpool's books, he was subsequently released as a 15-year old where he then joined Blackpool, and even spending some time working on a beetroot factory during his time in the lower echelon of Football League. With Southampton, Lambert has scored 117 goals in 235 appearances (a return of almost a goal every two games).
While there has been no official statements from either club, and with Lambert still preparing for England's upcoming World Cup campaign, expect this story to develop further in the summer.