Anfield boss concedes England striker has had it hard so far.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confessed that England international striker Rickie Lambert has endured a difficult start to his career with the club, the Daily Star reports.
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The 32-year-old made the dream move to his boyhood club over the summer in a £4m deal from Southampton, but despite Daniel Sturridge missing through injury and Mario Balotelli struggling for form, Lambert has failed to break into the side on a regular basis.
So far he has had to play the role of a substitute, but Rodgers has confirmed that his contribution has not gone unnoticed despite his frustrations.
Rodgers said: “Rickie was excellent when he came on [against Hull].”
“It has been difficult for him because he probably wants to play a little bit more.
“But he’s working tirelessly in training and when he gets the opportunities to play, if he shows that composure and quality, the chances will come.
“He made a real difference for us when he came on.”
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