Date: 16th October 2014 at 3:41pm
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Rickie Lambert says he is trying not to ‘beat myself up to much’ having failed to score for the Reds since his £4million move from Southampton in the summer.

Lambert has featured in eight matches for the Reds, but has only started two matches since completing his switch to his boyhood team.

He squandered a couple of decent opportunities in the 2-1 win over West Brom prior to the international break, and the 32-year-old admits he is desperate to open his account for his new club.

“I’ve missed a few chances, which I look back on and I know I should have scored,” Lambert said.

“But I try not to beat myself up too much. I might have done that in the past a little bit too much.

“I’m trying to relax a little bit more and just believe in my ability, because I know I’m good enough and I’m working hard enough. It’s not too far away, the first goal.

“Whenever that comes and whatever way it comes, it’s going to push my confidence even higher.”

Lambert remains behind Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order, but the England international insists he will be ready when his moment comes.

He said: “Personally, I’ve tried to focus on getting myself fit and sharp for when my moment comes. Whether I’m starting, or whether I come off the bench, I want to contribute the way I know I can contribute.

“It’s a long, long season and I know there’s going to be a lot of opportunities for me coming up.

“I’m confident now that I’m more than ready for when the opportunity comes.”