Rickie keen to make difference

Rickie Lambert has joined from Southampton

Rickie Lambert has joined from Southampton

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Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert hopes he is the missing link which will get his new team over the line in the Premier League title race.

The Reds came agonisingly close to ending their 24-year quest to win the championship last season with their challenge faltering in the final week as Manchester City swept past to take top spot.

Lambert’s surprise return to the club he left as a trainee provides Reds boss Brendan Rodgers with something different now Luis Suarez has left for Barcelona and the England international is keen to contribute.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a chance at Liverpool but I have got it,” said Lambert (left).

“Now that I’ve got it I will do everything to not let it go and I am more than confident that I will take the chance and I will be able to improve my game again.

“I am mentally prepared for almost anything.

“I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs and I believe I am at a time in my life when anything happens I can get the most out of it. I know what matters is what I do on the pitch and to help push the club forward.

“Whatever role Brendan has for me I just hope I can help them push on and hopefully clinch the title.

“I can’t wait to get started. I want to hit the ground running, I want to start well and I believe I will.”