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Rickie Lambert vows to train harder in bid to make Liverpool impact

‘I think I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else.’

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert was skipper last night.
Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert was skipper last night.
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LIVERPOOL STRIKER Rickie Lambert said he will work on his fitness as he attempts to adapt to life as a squad player at Anfield.

Lambert was a regular at Southampton before completing a dream move to boyhood club Liverpool at the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

The 32-year-old old made 75 appearances in two full seasons for Southampton in the top flight, but he has not started a match for Liverpool this term.

Lambert has been limited to four substitute league appearances under Brendan Rodgers, though he was handed the captain’s armband for Tuesday’s League Cup fixture against Middlesbrough.

However, the England international admitted he must modify his training programme after he was less than impressed with his performance.

“It was a nice surprise being made captain, but forgetting about that, it was a strange game,” he said. ”I wasn’t happy with my own performance, so that overshadowed the honour of being captain a little bit.

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“It was just things, touches. I didn’t feel as sharp as I want to feel. That’s the main thing I want to look at going back into training.

“I want to get my match fitness up because obviously everyone knows I’m not playing every game so I have to adapt myself now. I think I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else.

“I do work, push myself to the limit, but maybe I’m going to have to go to the fitness coach and see if I can do more.”

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