Former Liverpool striker, Rickie Lambert, has relived his ill fated career moves, especially the one to join Liverpool.
The former Southampton striker became one of the failed Reds’ unsuccessful signings to replace Luis Suarez in 2014.
Asked about the most bizarre character he met at Anfield, Lambert did not hesitate to mention the enigmatic Mario Balotteli.
“He was a good lad, childish but infectious,” Lambert said via Goal.
“But as soon as he stepped on the training pitch he became a different person.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest. I was at the pinnacle of my time as a professional, so to come across him was just…
“At first, he gave everything when he played. But in training, I could tell he wasn’t giving his all. He was answering Brendan back and my head went with that.
“The fact that he was playing in front of me didn’t bother me at first, I thought ‘I’ll get myself in’ but just seeing the way he was in training, and then he was playing, it did affect me a little bit.
“My head went with him in training and I had to go in and say to Brendan ‘don’t put me on his team again’. I think Stevie had said the same.
“His head would just go. If it wasn’t going his way, he would just ruin the session basically. He’d kick the ball away, score an own goal.
“I was speaking to Joe Hart and the lads at England and they were like ‘he was like that at City’. I’d ask them ‘how did he get away with it?’. They just shook their heads,” Lambert concluded.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s hard battle to for a UEFA Champions League top four place continues this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds take on Southampton at Anfield.