Liverpool morning news, Lambert on finding a first goal, Reds 'should've bought Bony'

Rickie Lambert

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has said that just one goal for either himself of Mario Balotelli will get them motoring this season as both forwards look to put behind their early season difficulties.

Lambert has yet to find the net since signing for his boyhood club whilst Balotelli has only struck the once since arriving from AC Milan for £16 million.

The two strikers seemed to develop an understanding in the final half hour of the 0-0 draw with Hull City at the weekend as the Reds pushed for a winner.

The 32-year-old is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Mario is a good striker and we are all behind him. I thought he did well, held the ball up and did all the things he was asked to. He was unlucky with a couple of chances.

“Like myself, Mario just needs a goal - that is exactly what a striker needs. If it goes in off your backside it doesn’t really matter. Then the confidence flows.”

Former Swansea City striker Ian Walsh says Liverpool should've signed Wilfried Bony from the Swans instead of Mario Balotelli, saying the Ivory Coast international is on an 'upward trend.

He's quoted by the BBC, saying: "Balotelli has been there, seen it, done it, [but] is he on the downward path now in terms of enthusiasm for the game?

"Bony has adjusted to this level [and] still has the desire to score goals."

Assistant manager Colin Pascoe told reporters yesterday that he has no doubts that £20 million signing Lazar Markovic will come good for the Reds after making very little impact so far. 

Pascoe described the 20-year-old as a winner, telling a press conference ahead of tonight's game with Swansea City: "He’s working hard. He stays behind after training to do extra shooting.

“That’s the kind of guy he is. He wants to do well and he’s a winner.

“We’ve had a lot of new players coming in and it takes time for them to all gel together. But they are all quality players and will fit in fine."

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