Price Boost: Lambert to net first against Boro

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While he may get misty eyed when the Champions League theme is played at Anfield in truth Rickie Lambert was brought to Liverpool for nights like tonight.

The former Southampton striker has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by signing for the Reds but with just an hour of domestic football under his belt this season, it is clear that Brendan Rodgers sees him as little more than relief for his main strikers.

Lambert will get a chance to prove he can be more than that, however, as the Kop welcomes Middlesbrough for this League Cup encounter and Ladbrokes is helping those who fancy the forward to score with another timely Price Boost.

Lambert has been enhanced to score the first goal of the game from 7/2 to a more tempting 9/2.

The 32-year-old may be yet to get off the mark for his new club but after hitting 17 goals for Southampton last year he is no stranger to finding the back of the net.

His last League Cup goal came back in 2011 and with just three strikes in 15 outings in the competition many could be put off backing the big man to come good.

However, his FA Cup record shows that knock-out tournament football is not his Achilles heel, with a solid 13 strikes in 35 games.

With six of Lambert’s 17 goals last season coming first in games and Liverpool netting in every meeting with Middlesbrough since 2006, everything is in place for the striker to mark his first Liverpool start with a goal.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.