Despite Liverpool signalling that they have no intent to loan 32-year-old striker Rickie Lambert out before the close of the January transfer window, it is being reported today by those with ties to both clubs that Hull City are making a push to secure the player’s services for the rest of the season.
Liverpool are not believed to be interested in sending out Lambert any more today than they have been in recent weeks when Crystal Palace came calling, but despite Brendan Rodgers insistence that the player is not available, Hull appear to believe that they can offer something that makes loaning him out worthwhile.
Lambert has started 10 times and made 14 appearances off the bench so far for Liverpool, which roughly matches expectations of playing time for the striker when he arrived. He has scored three goals so far, not a terrible return but not enough to have him in contention for starting minutes should Daniel Sturridge stay fit.
With the development of Raheem Sterling into a competent forward and no sign that Mario Balotelli will be moved, if the club are confident in Sturridge’s fitness it could mean there is the slightest chance Hull could tempt Liverpool into a loan deal if they were willing to pay a significant loan fee.
The player himself has stated that he is happy in a back up role—it’s what he signed with the club expecting—and has no desire to leave if he’s wanted by Liverpool.