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Liverpool Star Admits He Is Not Fit Enough

Lambert was disappointed with his performance against Boro.

It was a thrilling encounter in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday as after a 2-2 draw in extra-time, Liverpool eventually beat Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalties in the longest shootout in the competition’s history.

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Rickie Lambert was named captain for the night, which was a dream come true for the boyhood Reds fan who joined from Southampton in the summer, although something took the edge off the striker’s big occasion.

“I wasn’t happy with my own performance, so that overshadowed the honour of being captain a little bit,” Lambert was quoted by the Daily Star.

“It’s just things, touches. I didn’t feel as sharp as I want to feel.

“That’s the main thing I want to look at going back into training.

“I want to get my match fitness up because obviously everyone knows I’m not playing every game so I have to adapt myself now.”

Lambert arrived at Anfield in the summer for £4m, completing a great story for the forward which looked unlikely to materialise when he was playing in League One just four years ago.

However, the 32-year-old clearly isn’t happy with how things are going on Merseyside currently and chances are likely to be limited with Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge all competing with him for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ team.

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