Lambert ‘honoured’ by Liverpool captaincy but vows to improve
Rickie Lambert says the "honour" of captaining Liverpool was overshadowed by his lack of match fitness
Rickie Lambert admits that the “honour” of captaining Liverpool was overshadowed by his lack of match fitness.
The England striker was handed the armband for Tuesday night’s League Cup clash with Middlesbrough at Anfield, as the Reds triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else
But Lambert, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in the summer, felt that his performance was not up to scratch in the cup clash after he was replaced in the 74th minute.
“I wasn’t expecting it, and it was a great honour to lead the team. It was a nice surprise,” Lambert told BT Sport.
“But forgetting about that, it was a strange game. I wasn’t happy with my own performance, so that overshadowed the honour of being captain a little bit.
“I didn’t feel as sharp as I want to feel. That’s the main thing I want to look at going back into training.
“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 think I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else.”