The acquisition of Rickie Lambert will prove to be a shrewd piece of business by Liverpool, predicts Jamie Carragher.

The England striker became the Reds' first signing of the summer transfer window on Monday, arriving from Southampton to bolster the forward ranks at Anfield.

It's a move that Carragher believes Liverpool will reap the benefits of.

"I think it's a very good signing," he said. "He's a local boy, a Liverpool fan, and it's probably been a dream for him.

"There'll be lots of games with Liverpool being involved in the Champions League, so he'll play his part and I'm sure he'll get some goals."

Lambert is one of six Liverpool players in England's World Cup finals squad, joining Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson.

Carragher feels the Three Lions have what it takes to enjoy a successful tournament - but is tipping host nation Brazil for glory.

"I'm eager for them all [Liverpool players] to do well - also Suarez, who is playing against England, so that'll be difficult," said the ex-Red. "I think England will qualify from the group and then who knows who they'll get in the draw.

"It's normally the quarter-finals for England, and I think it'll be the same again.

"I think Brazil will win it. They're at home, which is always a big advantage.

"It's been a long time for Brazil not winning the trophy. They played very well last summer in the Confederations Cup, so I put them as favourites."