Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is, by his own admission, still trying to find full match fitness, which he hopes will aid his sharpness when playing, as reported by the Daily Express.
While Liverpool managed a dramatic win in the League Cup against Middlesbrough, going through on penalties, but Lambert was little more than a side note.
The 32 year old was eventually replaced by Mario Balotelli towards the end of the game, and he has since divulged that he is still working on his fitness.
“I didn’t feel as sharp as I want to feel,” Lambert said.
“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.
“Obviously that’s probably an aspect as well, which I’ve got to take into consideration and not let affect me.
“But that’s just the way it is, and the situation I’m in. I’m more than confident I can start contributing the way I know I can.
“I do work, push myself to the limit, but maybe I am going to have to go to the fitness coach and see if I can do more.”
The former Southampton man made an early summer move to Anfield, joining the club he supported as a child.
He was part of England’s disappointing World Cup campaign, which saw Roy Hodgson’s side eliminated during the group stage, although Lambert had little impact before England went out.
Lambert has had a circuitous route to Anfield, having started his career at the club before dropping down to the lower leagues and establishing himself as a regular goal threat.