Lambert gets his Liverpool career up and running

FIRST START: Rickie Lambert

FIRST START: Rickie Lambert

First published in Sport

RICKIE LAMBERT made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers’ side came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 in a 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 – a target of Sunderland – Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan were included in a strong Liverpool lineup but 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.

Chelsea also came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon 3-2 thanks to two goals from substitute John Terry.

Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma were all named in a young starting team that fell 2-0 behind before half-time courtesy of Alan Bennett’s opener after 38 seconds and Matt Tubbs’ penalty.

Terry was introduced at the interval and the captain scored two goals either side of Salah’s equaliser to seal a second pre-season victory for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Arsenal’s afternoon was more comfortable as they eased to a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood.

Aaron Ramsey started alongside Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal and Wojciech Szczesny but it wasn’t until the 68th minute that Kristoffer Olson gave the FA Cup winners the lead.

Benik Afobe then made sure of the victory with a penalty late on.

New West Brom boss Alan Irvine was denied a pre-season victory against Wycombe as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw behind closed doors.

Frank Lampard looks set to complete his move to New York City FC after leaving Chelsea. The 36-year-old received a host of proposals from across the world, but has decided to accept an offer from the new MLS franchise.

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