Rodgers: Rickie Lambert has been a different person

It seemed like a lengthy goal drought for Rickie Lambert but after getting off the mark against Crystal Palace, he's scored two in as many games for his club.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Rickie Lambert has been like a new man ever since he found the net for the first time for his boyhood club.

Lambert rejoined Liverpool 17 years after he was released by the club as a youngster and has worked his way up the divisions to earn himself a £4.5 million move to Anfield in the summer. 

With the injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli in recent games, it has given Lambert the perfect chance to shine, and he has grabbed the moment with both hands having scored in each of his last two appearances.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: “Since he got his goal at the weekend he’s been a different person around the training ground - just in his step, his shoulders are wider and his chest is out. It makes a difference."

Lambert opened his account for the Reds on his fourth start in the 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace, and followed it up with an equalising goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League where the Reds drew 2-2.

The pressure was building given he had opportunities and made several substitute appearances, and the 32-year-old has admitted that getting the first goal for Liverpool was a weight off his shoulders and that he had probably approached his time at Liverpool in the wrong mindset.

It appeared that when he signed for the club he would be used as cover for the frontline strikers, and he's largely been that this season. But given he has found an eye for goal and notched up a couple it would come across as odd if he were to be left out of the side this weekend against Stoke City when the Reds need the three points to start turning around their Premier League campaign.

At the moment Lambert finding some sort of form is a stand-out positive from quite a bit of negativity surrounding Liverpool at the moment. After all that pressure following his fairytale move, he could end up being one of the more pivotal players during this crucial period of fixtures for the side.

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