Rather than leading by example, Rickie Lambert virtually went missing in his 74 minutes as Liverpool captain in the Capital One Cup victory over Middlesbrough.
He touched the ball only 32 times, which was less than Simon Mignolet, and managed just a single shot.
To give some perspective, Suso touched the ball only five times less, had three more shots and far greater pass accuracy in his 20-minute cameo.
When trying to compare Lambert’s performances to those from Southampton last season when he scored 13 Premier League goals and claimed an additional ten assists, surprisingly there isn’t a great deal of difference.
He is touching the ball at the same rate, being fed the ball in the opposing penalty box just as frequently and distributing possession in a similar manner.
The main differences appear to be in his own selfishness and in the positions he is taking up on the pitch.
For Southampton, Lambert could regularly be seen centrally about midway between the half-way line and the opposing penalty box.
He was the focal point of pretty much every attack and this meant that he was shooting approximately every 29 minutes and was involved in half of the Saints’ Premier League goals.
Now, he averages a shot every 80 minutes and tends to play slightly deeper, with an average position as good as on the half-way line.
This is understandable given that Liverpool’s attacking arsenal is also filled with Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling, but to make the most of Lambert, Rodgers almost certainly needs to play him more in more advanced positions.
The Merseyside derby against an Everton team that have conceded at least twice in five of their seven outings this season looks a great chance for Lambert to announce himself in Liverpool colours.
Lambert is 6/4 to score in the 90 minutes, with Liverpool 12/5 to score exactly twice at Anfield.