Rickie Lambert’s one season with his hometown club wasn’t one to remember. No one will look back at Liverpool’s 2014-15 campaign with any kind of fondness, but Lambert getting an opportunity to play for the club was one of the few highlights.
That was also the season when Jordan Henderson got promoted to vice-captain behind legend Steven Gerrard, in preparation for him taking over the armband when Gerrard left for Los Angeles.
Now, five seasons later, Henderson is the Liverpool captain who helped lead his team to a Champions League victory and may well be on his way to that coveted Premier League title as well. Lambert, when asked about his former teammate by the Liverpool official site, had nothing but good things to say about him.
“Brilliant, a lovely lad. I loved Hendo. A great professional,” Lambert said.
“I’ve always been a big admirer of Jordan. When I first saw him – technically superb, mentally superb and physically superb.
“It was always going to be a little bit difficult taking over the reins from Stevie G. I thought he handled it brilliantly; he just kept his head down, came through it better, stronger and more determined.
“To see him lift the European Cup made me a little bit emotional. Seeing Adz [Adam Lallana] go over and hug him, it was a bit emotional because I know where he’s been. I was quite close to Hendo and obviously Adz when I was here. To see them two like that and especially Hendo lifting the trophy was unbelievable.”
That may have been the first time Henderson hoisted a trophy for Liverpool, but it likely won’t be his last.