'He's desperate to score' - Rodgers analysis £4m Lambert's performance

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Brendan Rodgers has praised Rickie Lambert's attitude after he was handed his first Liverpool start today.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that Rickie Lambert is desperate to score for Liverpool.

The target-man centre-forward has had limited opportunities at Anfield since joining from Southampton in the previous transfer window, but Rodgers has praised the front-man after his performance today.

Lambert started in the Reds' 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion and he largely impressed with his display, as his presence created a new threat for his side. 

And Rodgers paid testament to the 32-year-old striker's attitude after the match, saying that he has deserved his chance. 

"Rickie is desperate to score for Liverpool," Rodgers said to the club's official site. "He'll probably be disappointed with one or two of the opportunities he had today.

"But I know with Rickie that I have a real honest professional who wants to die for Liverpool. He wants to give everything he has for the club and there will be times this year when we'll need that.

"Rickie's been working really well in training and he deserves his opportunity to play."

Lambert was given the opportunity to start from the off because of the poor form of Mario Balotelli.

The Italian striker has been first-choice since his arrival from AC Milan in the summer, but he has failed to live up to expectations and it seems that Rodgers' patience is wearing thin. 

Lambert, therefore, was thrusted into contention and he will be hoping that he did enough to retain his place for the club's next game, after the international break, against QPR.

The task of staying in Rodgers' first-team has been made harder for the England international because of the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge, though.

Sturridge has been a big miss to the side since picking up a thigh injury last month, but Rodgers confirmed today that his star striker would be fit for their game against QPR and he is almost a certainty to re-enter the starting line-up. 

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