Jamie Carragher critiques Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

Legendary Liverpool defender comments on the differences between two of the club's strikers - Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert.

There is greater fluency in Mario Balotelli's individual game when he is accompanied by another striker on the pitch, rather than when he fulfills a lone centre forward's role.

That is the opinion of legendary former Liverpool centre back Jamie Carragher, who has called for the addition of Rickie Lambert into Brendan Rodgers's starting XI, in order to supplement Balotelli in attack during the continued absence of superstar striker Daniel Sturridge.

"Hull City did well," commented Carragher on Sky Sports Monday Night Football last night.

The Tigers managed to escape Anfield with a point, having held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.

"They're one of the best playing a back three," he said, before adding: "I'm not sure how suitable Balotelli is to playing in a lone striker system. I just think he's got a lack of understanding for a lone centre forward role, the runs he should be making [that he isn't].

"Lambert made a huge difference coming on and his involvement allowed more players to make runs. Lambert can also hold players off - things Balotelli doesn't do. Lambert [against Hull] was aware of what's around him - he's a clever footballer.

"It wasn't a 4-4-2 versus Hull, but they had two strikers on the pitch.

"Balotelli and Lambert can link up together," he concluded.

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