Liverpool coach talks up Rickie Lambert impact

Liverpool coach Mike Marsh has praised Rickie Lambert for the impact that he has made since joining the club from Southampton.

Liverpool first-team coach Mike Marsh says that Rickie Lambert has made a positive impression since signing for the Reds over the summer.

The experienced front-man joined Brendan Rodgers' side in a £4 million deal from Southampton at the start of the transfer window and Marsh believes he can be an important signing for the side. 

The powerful front-man has had to make do with a number of substitute appearances since joining Anfield, but Marsh still thinks he's made an impact and that his England cap in midweek was reward for his fine form.

"He's settling in really well," Marsh said to Liverpool's official site. "I was delighted for him to get on and then set up a goal and put the game to bed [for England]. He's been training really hard and he deserved that."

"He's making a good impact. He's come off the bench and had a positive impact every time he has come on. He has created chances for the others and has done really well."

Lambert came off the bench to provide Danny Welbeck the chance to score his and England's second goal of the match in their 2-0 win over Switzerland. 

It was the perfect start to the Three Lions' qualification campaign for Euro 2016, as they look to win supporters back after a disappointing World Cup.

Lambert's concentration now, though, will return back the club matters and the Reds' Premier League campaign. 

Rodgers' men take on Aston Villa at the weekend in what looks a tougher tie than many had predicted before the campaign began.

Villa are still unbeaten this season and travel to Anfield full of confidence, although Liverpool will still remain the heavy favourites to take the three points. 

Lambert is likely to feature off the bench again in the match, and he will be hoping to continue to prove a useful outlet for his boyhood club. 

Although the 32-year-old is unlikely to be a regular starter this season, especially after the signing of Mario Balotelli, he can still provide a different option for the side in games where they are struggling to make the breakthrough and certainly has a role to play as Liverpool look to consolidate their position in the top four. 

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