Brendan Rodgers backs Rickie Lambert to make "great contribution"

Rickie Lambert of Liverpool gestures during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Liverpool at Deepdale on July 19, 2014
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers backs Rickie Lambert to make a "great contribution" for the Reds this season.

Brendan Rodgers has backed striker Rickie Lambert to make a "great contribution" to Liverpool in his maiden season at the club.

Saturday's 2-1 win over Preston North End saw the 32-year-old make his first Reds appearance since sealing a £4m move to Anfield last month.

Lambert's importance has arguably grown in the wake of Luis Suarez's sale to Barcelona, making him and Daniel Sturridge the only recognised centre-forwards at the club.

"Rickie will just get better and better as he becomes more familiar with the group and becomes accustomed to the playing style," Rodgers told Liverpool's website. "I thought he was excellent and worked hard.

"I think he'll get goals for us and I'm delighted he's here. He's a wonderful character, he's 32 years of age but is still fit and strong, and he'll make a great contribution for us this year."

Lambert struck 28 goals in Southampton's previous two Premier League campaigns.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014
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