Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Lambert's display - "Better option than Balotelli"

Rickie Lambert

Liverpool clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, with Rickie Lambert starting ahead of Mario Balotelli at Anfield.

Liverpool have endured a difficult start to the season, with Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Basel in the Champions League capping a tough start to Brendan Rodgers' third season in charge at Anfield.

After conceding a late equaliser to Everton last weekend, the Reds needed to impress the home fans as they returned to Anfield this afternoon, and a slim victory over West Bromwich Albion was much-needed even if it wasn't the vintage Liverpool display that we saw at the end of last season.

New signing Adam Lallana put Liverpool in front with a well taken goal in the first half, but his former Southampton team mate Dejan Lovren continued his below-part start to life on Merseyside by conceding a second half penalty, which Baggies striker Saido Berahino converted.

Yet Liverpool did land the three points though, as vice captain Jordan Henderson bagged a winner with half an hour to play, giving Rodgers a crucial win after a rocky start to the campaign.

Rodgers made the controversial decision to leave goal-shy striker Mario Balotelli on the bench, as fellow new signing Rickie Lambert was handed the start as the lone striker. The 32-year-old returned to his boyhood club from Southampton this summer, but has failed to find the back of the net for his new club.

With Lambert handed the place in the starting line-up, here are a number of tweets from Liverpool fans as the experienced target man divided opinion on Twitter...

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