England international eyes first goal in cup clash with Swansea.
Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert believes he and Mario Balotelli can help each other to end their respective goal droughts for the club starting in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Swansea City, the Liverpool Echo reports.
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Both strikers have faced barren spells in front of goal since linking up with the club over the summer, as Lambert has failed to score in nine appearances, whilst Balotelli has found the net only once in 11 games.
However, there has been promising signs that the two can link up well as the veteran England star came off the bench to partner the Italian during Saturday’s stalemate with Hull.
And Lambert believes it will only be a matter of time before they are both firing on all cylinders.
“I think I can forge a partnership with any of the strikers here,” Lambert said.
“Sometimes it works better with two strikers, sometimes it doesn’t.
“I’ve come on this season on plenty of occasions either as a one or a two depending on the opposition.
“On Saturday it put more pressure on and we created more chances and it turned out to be a good formation.
“Obviously you want to hit the ground running and you want to score. The longer it goes on, sometimes the harder it is.
“It depends how you are mentally. Sometimes it’s hard to stay calm but I’m confident it will come.
“Mario is a good striker and we are all behind him. I thought he did well, held the ball up and did all the things he was asked to. He was unlucky with a couple of chances.
“Like myself, Mario just needs a goal – that is exactly what a striker needs. If it goes in off your backside it doesn’t really matter. Then the confidence flows.”
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