Rickie Lambert has found his chances few and far between since trading Southampton for Merseyside over the summer, but after an impressive cameo appearance on Saturday, the big man could get some much needed time on the pitch when Swansea City visit in the League Cup later today.
“It is a chance to impress if I am playing and I hope I am. It’s a chance to shine and do well and try to get on the scoresheet. I’m not going too deep on how it has gone so far here. I’m just looking forward to Tuesday” explained the striker, who has yet to break his duck, in the build-up to the match. “Obviously you want to hit the ground running and you want to score and for it to go in. The longer it goes on [without a goal], sometimes the harder it is. It depends how you are mentally. If you are OK and stay calm, sometimes that is hard to do, it will come and I’m confident it will come.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that Liverpool looked that much better when the 32-year old entered the fray with more than one pundit suggesting that he should be given the opportunity to form a partnership with the misfiring Mario Balotelli — an chance he’d only be too willing to take.
“I think I can forge a partnership with any of the strikers. There are four strikers here fighting for a place to start. It doesn’t matter who plays, it is what is best for the team” he continued. I thought Mario did well against Hull. He held the ball up well and did all the things he was asked to. He was unlucky with a couple of chances and he played well.”