Rickie Lambert makes Liverpool debut in Preston friendly


Rickie Lambert made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers' side came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Lambert, who supported the Reds as a boy, made his dream move to Anfield from Southampton earlier this summer and played 45 minutes at Deepdale before being replaced at half-time.

Another summer signing, Emre Can, also started the match but the young midfielder was taken off after just 20 minutes due to tightness in his calf.

Philippe Coutinho, Fabio Borini - who remains a target of Sunderland - Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan were included in a strong Liverpool line-up but it was Preston who took the lead through Josh Brownhill.

Liverpool, however, scored twice in three minutes in the second half as Suso applied a curling finish in the 74th minute before Kristoffer Peterson side-footed home a winner.

Suso (left) celebrates his goal against Preston. Credit: PA