English Premiership

Lambert admits disappointment

2014-09-25 08:43
Rickie Lambert (Getty Images)
Rickie Lambert (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has admitted he was disappointed with his performance against Middlesbrough on Tuesday and claims he needs to work harder on his fitness.

According to Sky Sports, Lambert, who failed to impress on Tuesday night, said it is difficult for him to keep his fitness while spending so much time on the bench.

The 32-year-old got the nod ahead of Mario Balotelli in the Capital One Cup against Middlesbrough and was also handed the captaincy by manager Brendan Rodgers.

"I wasn't expecting it, and it was a great honour to lead the team. It was a nice surprise," Lambert said of being named captain.

"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 do work, push myself to the limit, but maybe I am going to have to go to the fitness coach and see if I can do more."

Liverpool face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday and while Lambert is hoping to feature at some stage during the game, he insists he is just focusing on his own fitness for now.

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