Rickie Lambert is in line for his first Premier League start for Liverpool following Mario Balotelli’s failure to make an instant impact at Anfield.
Liverpool host West Brom today seeking a first league victory since August 31.
Balotelli has started five of the last six matches, but has come under scrutiny after managing just one goal since his £16m move from AC Milan.
In contrast, England striker Lambert has been restricted to a bit part role since moving from Southampton.
Rodgers has warned Liverpool may endure more pain before rediscovering a winning habit and admitted they are unrecognisable from last season.
“It must be so difficult for the supporters at the moment to see a team that for 18 months has been so fluent and dynamic,” said Rodgers.
“Now they probably look and see a team with maybe no resemblance to that in many ways.” Daniel Sturridge signed a new five year contract yesterday, but is set to be missing again due to a thigh problem.
“I may have had some good games and scored some goals, but literally this is the beginning in terms of what I can show,” said Sturridge, whose incentivised deal could be worth £40m.
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