Adam Lallana hails ‘brilliant’ Liverpool teammate Rickie Lambert

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

Adam Lallana has praised the influence of Rickie Lambert in the last few weeks for Liverpool.

Lambert is starting to make an impact at Anfield, having been nothing but a bit-part player following his transfer from Southampton.

Arriving in Merseyside as a competent goalscorer, Brendan Rodgers was well aware he was signing a forward with few years left in him at the top level of the game. The 32-year-old was already falling out of favour at St Mary’s Stadium, and they did well to sell him following the peak of his career.

Overlooked in the early weeks of the season in favour of Mario Balotelli, the Italian’s misfiring form in front of goal saw Lambert restored to the starting XI following the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. He scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, before doubling his seasonal tally three days later with the equalising strike against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

He remained in the starting XI for the 1-0 victory over Stoke last weekend, and made his fourth consecutive start as the Reds overcame Leicester 3-1 on Tuesday evening. The ageing forward has put in a string of impressive performances, contributing to a goal in each of his last four games, and former Saints teammate Adam Lallana - who netted Liverpool’s first goal against the Foxes courtesy of Lambert’s work - praised the man he was previously providing for at St Mary’s Stadium.

“He has been brilliant for us in the last four games, coming into the team,” 26-year-old Lallana told the official Liverpool website.

“He has contributed in every game with a goal or assist. He has worked hard for this moment and his run of games; I always knew he was going to turn the corner, and I'm delighted for him and the team.”

Lambert will be looking to register his fifth consecutive start at the weekend, with Liverpool hosting Sunderland on Saturday.

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