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Rickie Lambert not panicking despite lack of goals

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Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is not panicking over his lack of goals at Anfield, despite yet scoring for his new club.

Lambert made his dream move to the Reds from Southampton this summer for £4 million, some 17 years after he was released by the club as schoolboy. However, the England International has struggled to find his best form on Merseyside and not still not netting which usually comes as a sixth sense to him.

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Positive attitude

Nonetheless, Lambert is remaining positive on his Anfield career and knows he will find top form when given his chance.

"I've missed a few chances, which I look back on and I know I should have scored," he told team-mates Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana during a Warrior Q&A session. "But I try not to beat myself up too much. I might have done that in the past a little bit too much."

"I'm trying to relax a little bit more and just believe in my ability, because I know I'm good enough and I'm working hard enough. It's not too far away, the first goal," he added. "Whenever that comes and whatever way it comes, it's going to push my confidence even higher."

"Personally, I've tried to focus on getting myself fit and sharp for when my moment comes. Whether I'm starting, or whether I come off the bench, I want to contribute the way I know I can contribute.

"It's a long, long season and I know there's going to be a lot of opportunities for me coming up.

"I'm confident now that I'm more than ready for when the opportunity comes."

Lack of opportunity

Since Lambert switched St. Marys for the Reds, he has found himself somewhat of an outcast on Merseyside.

The 32-year-old has been used very much as an impact player from the bench most of the time and saw fellow newcomer Mario Balotelli lead the forward line. He also had main striker Daniel Sturridge ahead in the pecking order when he was fit at the start of the season.

Lambert has had little game-time, either coming on late in games or not at all. In matches, the Kirkby native has had Italian forward Fabio Borini be brought into the game before him.

Decent performances

However, when Lambert had featured for the five time European champions, he has shown signs that will excite Kopites.

In Liverpool's second Premier League game against Manchester City, Lambert was brought on when his side were 3-0 down. He put in an excellent shift, with some clever touches and passes that saw the Reds get back into the game.

He was directly involved in the Reds' only goal, when his header was denied by City goalkeeper Joe Hart, before the save rebounded off Pablo Zabaleta into the back of the net.

Lambert was given an opportunity in Liverpool's last fixture against West Bromwich Albion, leading the front-line alongside Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana. He done well during the 2-1 victory, linking with his fellow forward men and had a couple of opportunities to bag his first goal in a Red shirt.

Unfairly treated

Mario Balotelli has also had a poor start to the season, having scored just one goal in eight appearances.

It is not just goals he has struggled with however, but put in some dismal performances on Merseyside. Against FC Basel in the Champions League, the Italian was one of, if not, the worst player on the pitch, constantly losing the ball and slowing down Liverpool attacks.

Although Lambert was given an opportunity in the next game, Balotelli's poor performance was after a string of one's similar. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should have dropped the former AC Milan striker sooner, and give the £4 million man a chance earlier, considering he has been the more lively of the two based on the evidence.

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