Date: 11th August 2014 at 1:15pm
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Brendan Rodgers has backed summer signing Rickie Lambert to be a success at Liverpool, reports the Express.

The 32-year-old lifelong Reds fans arrived from Southampton in a £4million deal in June, but has yet to score during pre-season.

However, Rodgers has launched a passionate defence of his new number nine, warning the media to not put any pressure on the England international.

“Don’t worry about Rickie or put pressure on Rickie Lambert to get goals,” said Rodgers.

“Rickie Lambert has been brought in here to be a very valuable member of our squad. He has probably been handed more game time in pre-season than we wanted because we are still looking for one or two other things.

“But I am so happy I have got him here. He is a good guy. He works hard and his role will become more prominent throughout the season as we play.

“All through his career he has got goals at whatever level he plays at. He came on for England and got goals. At Southampton in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons he has got goals.

“So there is no need for him to be under any pressure. He needs to come in at 32-years-of-age, contribute to the history of this club.

“He is a big supporter of the club but he is past that now. He is here to do a job and I trust him to do that job. He will do a great job for us.”