Liverpool star says he contributed, but stats suggest it was minimal

Taking a closer look at Rickie Lambert's impact for Liverpool against Hull City.

Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert has been speaking following the Reds’ 0-0 draw with Hull City on Saturday.

Some fans had called for the England international’s inclusion from the start in place of the misfiring Mario Balotelli, but the Italian international started the match against the Tigers, with Lambert replacing his former Southampton teammate Adam Lallana shortly after the hour-mark.

Lambert could not change the game as Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to struggle for goals, but in an interview with the club’s official website the front-man believes he made an impact following his introduction.

“My idea going on was to score a winner,” Lambert said.

“I didn’t manage to do it but I’d like to think I made a contribution. I didn’t get a chance to score a goal. We pressured them and we had the chances, we just didn’t manage to take them, which is frustrating.”

Yet a quick look at the statistics below suggests Lambert had minimal impact in terms of a goal-threat when he came on.

  Key PassesTotal Scoring AttemptsOn-target Scoring AttemptsTouchesPass AccuracyMins
Rickie Lambert 1 0 0 14 72.73% 29

The Liverpool striker did play one key pass, but he did not manage a single goal-scoring attempt (on-target or otherwise) while he touched the ball just 14 times and had a passing accuracy of 72.73 per cent.

He will need to do a lot better when he gets his next chance, as will Balotelli, for whom patience is surely wearing thin.

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