Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore wants to see summer signing Rickie Lambert given more of a chance to prove his worth at Anfield.
Lambert completed a £4million move to his boyhood club in the summer from Southampton, but is yet to score this season.
And former Red and radio pundit Collymore, believes Brendan Rodgers should give the England international more game time, with Lambert yet to manage a full 90 minutes at Anfield.
“I’m worried about Liverpool. They had a disappointing Champions League performance against Basel, and Brendan Rodgers is being stretched to his coaching limit right now,” Collymore said.
“When it comes to strikers, Mario Balotelli is the opposite of Luis Suarez. I wonder if there’s the option to play two up front and a diminutive three behind.
“Rickie Lambert could be very useful, but only if he’s given a run of five or six games to settle in and do the business.
“I’ve been a striker at that level. You have to find your rhythm, and you need games to get into a groove.
“I’d go with a 4-4-2 diamond that includes Balotelli and Lambert. That would give Rodgers the chance to rest Daniel Sturridge, or use all three, with one of Balotelli or Sturridge in a withdrawn role. Rodgers has to make something happen at Liverpool, and Lambert could be the catalyst.”