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Monday, 27 October 2014
Rickie: I wanted to make a contribution
26th Oct 2014 -
Lambert was pleased with the chance to contribute for Liverpool in
Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hull City but was ultimately left disappointed
by the lack of a crucial goal to claim all three points at Anfield.
Alongside Philippe Coutinho, the 32-year-old striker entered the
action against the Tigers with half an hour remaining for Brendan
Rodgers' side to produce a decisive moment that would extend their
winning run in the Barclays Premier League to three games.
Lambert offered a different outlet to the Reds as they poured forward
in search of a breakthrough, showing the subtlety of touch and vision
that earned the Englishman a dream transfer to his boyhood club in the
Though no clear opening fell his own way in his 30 minutes on the
pitch, the No.9 teed up several opportunities for teammates - only for a
combination of fine defending and alert goalkeeping by the travellers
to deny the home side.
After the final whistle, he reflected to Liverpoolfc.com: "We were
pushing for that goal, but it didn't come. Full credit to Hull, some of
their last-ditch tackling was some of the best I've seen.
"We were unlucky not to score on those occasions. We deserved a goal
and we're frustrated that we couldn't get it. I was waiting for my
chance to get on. My idea going on was to score a winner.
"I didn't manage to do it but I'd like to think I made a
contribution. I didn't get a chance to score a goal. We pressured them
and we had the chances, we just didn't manage to take them - which is
Before Lambert's introduction by the manager, fellow summer signing
Mario Balotelli retained the responsibility of leading the Liverpool
line, with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling tasked with supporting the
Italian from the flanks.
"I know how hard that position is, when you're playing 4-3-3 with the
one up top," the former Southampton man continued. "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, myself and every striker knows it's about what's best for the
team, whatever way the manager wants to play, whether it's one or two
up front. We have to give our best.
"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."