Rickie Lambert has scored in successive appearances and should make it a hat-trick against Stoke...
"Lambert fired in three of his four collisions with Liverpool’s next visitors Stoke for Southampton, including both of the two at their St Mary’s home."
Liverpool's summer signings have been widely savaged this season, particularly £20 million centre back Dejan Lovren, but many haven't been granted sufficient game-time to prove or disprove their purported incompetence.
Rickie Lambert is one of the most prominent examples. The £4 million striking purchase started just three of the Reds' opening 17 fixtures.
In fact, ignore the Capital One Cup and he was selected for only one of their initial 15 Premier League or Champions League matches, despite Daniel Sturridge's injury, Mario Balotelli's poor form and the Merseysiders winning 2-1 when he was actually picked against West Brom.
An injury for Balotelli on international duty left Brendan Rodgers with no option - besides Fabio Borini at least - but to field Lambert and he has seized his overdue opportunity. The England international has responded to starting successive games for the first time with two goals, one in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.
Both of those net-ripplers came in away encounters and within eight minutes of kick-off too, which could be a priceless asset given that Liverpool currently average 0.5 first-half goals a Premier League outing and hadn't scored any in the Champions League until Lambert's intervention at Ludogorets.
The other promising sign regarding Lambert's two-in-two week is that his strikes tended to arrive in clusters at Southampton last term. There were five in eight Premier League appearances last winter before a run of four without. He then followed that with three in four, before cooling off for three matches ready to notch in three straight run-outs for club or country.
The 32-year-old also fired in three of his four collisions with Liverpool's next Premier League visitors Stoke for the Saints, including both of the two at their St Mary's home, so all signs point to the boyhood Red achieving his dream of a first goal at Anfield.
Lambert will be available to back at around 2.56/4 to score against the Potters.