Liverpool’s summer signing: I've been trying too hard

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert says that he has been trying too hard to impress since signing in the summer.

Rickie Lambert says that he has been trying to impress since signing for Liverpool in the summer.

The powerful centre-forward is yet to hit the back of the net for his new club and he says that he has feels he has been putting too much effort in to his game.

Lambert believes that he plays to his best when he is relaxed and he is now aiming to simply trust his ability to perform, as he looks to improve on his goalscoring record. 

“It’s the whole Liverpool thing,” Lambert said to the Liverpool Echo. “The lad from Liverpool, who has supported Liverpool all his life, signing for Liverpool.

“I probably took too much of that on my shoulders and thought too much about it. I’m not going to hide away from it. I think at times I probably have been trying too hard.

“I’m at my best when I don’t really care what other people say - when I’m relaxed and just focused on my own game, when I’m in my own little world really.

“That’s what I’m getting back to - letting things go, rather than beating myself up about the last couple of months and thinking too much into things Don’t get me wrong, my focus is still there but now it’s just focused in the right place."

Lambert joined from Southampton this summer and has not had the desired impact in the initial stages of his Liverpool career.

Although this cannot entirely be blamed on him, as his chances have been limited, even when on the pitch he has not posed the threat that manager Brendan Rodgers would have hoped for. 

Lambert was a good target and a clinical finisher during his time at Southampton, but he has failed to show his prowess in-front of goal for Liverpool.

He may be called into action to do so soon, though, as the side have been short of a potent finisher since Daniel Sturridge's struggle with injury.

Mario Balotelli has been abject in the early stages of his career at Anfield, meaning Lambert could be given the nod to start against Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow night and the 32-year-old thinks it could be the chance he needs to kick-start his career in Merseyside.

“It would be unbelievable to be involved,” Lambert said. “I can’t wait for it. It’s going to be a special night and it’s a game I’m really looking forward to.

“The club has waited years for games like this. This is reward for what the team achieved last season with the performances they put in."

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