Fellow Liverpool struggler has sympathy for £16m Mario Balotelli

Rickie Lambert understands how difficult Mario Balotelli might be finding it at Anfield.

The arrival of Mario Balotelli at Liverpool this summer was certainly one of the more surprising deals of the summer. His arrival was in no small part down to the departure of Luis Suarez - who had joined Barcelona.

But despite being bargain at £16 million Balotelli has struggled to get going at Anfield.

So far the Liverpool striker has just the one goal, against Ludogorets Razgrad, and is still waiting for his first in the Premier League for the club.

But Balotelli is not the only new Liverpool striker struggling to find goals. Rickie Lambert is struggling to find the net for the club since he made the move to his boyhood heroes from Southampton this summer.

In fact, he does not have a goal for Liverpool just yet.

Lambert however has plenty of sympathy for Balotelli - who came desperately close to scoring against Hull City last night.

He told the official Liverpool website that he understood how difficult it can be at the top of a three man attack, stating:

"I know how hard that position is, when you're playing 4-3-3 with the one up top. There are so many different attributes asked of you.

"I thought he held the ball up, made runs and was just unlucky with a couple of chances. I want to be on there with him, I want to be playing of course. But I thought he did well...

"Mario did superbly in the first half and in the second half he held the ball up - it's hard being the lone striker. When we were both on we managed to cause them more problems and had a few more chances."

Balotelli and Lambert will need to start firing soon if Liverpool are to replicate their form from last season.

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