Sep 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Anfield
Liverpool
2-2
Middlesbrough
Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties
Rossiter (10'), Suso (109')
Sakho (61')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Reach (62'), Bamford (123' pen.)
Omeruo (57'), Reach (106')

Rickie Lambert 'honoured' by Liverpool captaincy

Rickie Lambert says that it was a "great honour" to captain Liverpool this week, but also admits that he is short of full match fitness.

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has admitted that he must continue to work on his fitness having failed to impress during his first competitive start for the club.

The England international, who joined the Reds from Southampton during the summer, was named captain of the side for Tuesday night's League Cup third-round encounter with Middlesbrough.

Lambert was replaced in the 74th minute at Anfield, however, following a frustrating night in which Liverpool eventually prevailed on penalties.

"I wasn't expecting it, and it was a great honour to lead the team. It was a nice surprise," BT Sport quotes the 32-year-old as as saying when asked about the captaincy.

"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."

Liverpool return to league action this weekend with a crunch meeting against Merseyside rivals Everton.

Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers applauds before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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