Lambert believes Liverpool much improved despite result

Despite shipping a late equaliser to draw 2-2 Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert believes his side put in a much improved performance in Bulgaria last night, according to Sky Sports.

Liverpool clawed their way in front after a Simon Mignolet error gifted Ludogorets a first minute lead, but Lambert’s first Champions League goal on a first start in the competition helped put the club into the lead at half time, only to concede a last gasp equaliser.

The draw does not end hopes of qualification for the Reds, and they know victory against Basel ensures they go through to the knockout rounds.

Following their collapse at Crystal Palace last weekend Lambert felt the display was a much improved one despite conceding with just two minutes left on the clock.

He said: “I thought the performance was a lot better, that was the main thing. We’re devastated about the goal at the end but it is still a good result.

“We knew if we got a draw today a win would get us through and it’s about getting through. But it was about the performance today, win, lose or draw, and the performance was a lot better today, I thought anyway.

“We’ve answered some critics about Sunday night.”

Lambert believes that the squad are in a good frame of mind for the Stoke clash at the weekend as they aim to ease the pressure on under fire Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool have already lost six games this season and find themselves in 12th place – having acquired less than half the points of league leaders Chelsea.

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