Former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has admitted that he “fell out of love” with football on Meyerside.
The 35-year-old earlier this week announced his retirement from professional football.
Lambert joined Liverpool after a very successful spell at Southampton.
However, following his rise from League Two, his dream return to Anfield quickly descended into a nightmare.
Rickie Lambert made an incredible rise from beetroot bottling plant worker to appearing at the World Cup for England.
Lambert was released by Liverpool at the age of 15, eventually starting his professional career at Blackpool.
He then went on a long journey making appearances for Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, Southampton, Liverpool, West Brom and finally Cardiff.
Over the summer, Lambert received an offer to play Wigan Athletic, eventually decided against the move and retiring.
The striker had been suffering from a lower-back problem which required an epidural every three months.
This, according to him, played a big factor in his reason behind calling time on his career.
Rickie Lambert has admitted that he should never have accepted playing on the bench.
It was made clear to him by Brendan Rodgers that he would be reserve striker to both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lambert said:
“If I’m honest it was like that for the last three years, after I left Southampton.
I didn’t play much at Liverpool and it was the same at West Brom and then Cardiff.
I was getting well paid but I never started playing football for the money.
And when I decided to go to Liverpool I sacrificed a regular first-team place and that was when I started to fall out of love with it.
I never should have accepted being on the bench, even though Brendan Rodgers had made it clear to me I would be backup for Suarez and Sturridge.”