Liverpool’s English forward has admitted to questioning whether he was good enough for the club.
Rickie Lambert admits that he began to doubt his own abilities as Liverpool have struggled this season.
The striker finally scored his first goal for the club on Sunday, and has since admitted feeling huge relief after taking some of the pressure off himself.
“It would be silly for me to say I didn’t lose faith in my ability,” Lambert is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“I did question myself in some stages because I know the size of the club. It has taken me a while mentally to get into the right mind frame to be a Liverpool player.”
The striker moved to the club he supported as a boy from Southampton for £4m in the summer, but has struggled, along with the rest of the side.
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Liverpool face a huge test against Ludogorets Razgrad tonight, knowing that a win in Sofia is all that will keep them afloat in their group.
Lambert looks set to start, having scored on Sunday, and knows he must seize this chance to become Liverpool’s number one striker, especially with Daniel Sturridge’s continuing injury problems leaving the spot wide open.
Mario Balotelli has been consistently picked ahead of Lambert this season, despite his own problems. The Italian striker will miss tonight’s game through injury however, meaning that Lambert is expected the opportunity to start two games in a row for the first time this season.