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Brendan Rodgers Admits Life Has Been Tough At Liverpool For Rickie Lambert

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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