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Mario Balotelli used to score OWN GOALS in Liverpool training on purpose, reveals former team-mate Rickie Lambert as the ex-Southampton striker opens up on his tough time at Anfield and how Brendan Rodgers wanted to sell him after five months! Rickie Lambert has said Mario Balotelli would infuriate him in Liverpool training Lambert claims the Italian would score own goals if things weren't going his way The ex-Southampton striker moved to Anfield in 2014 but struggled for minutes He also reveals Brendan Rodgers wanted to sell him five months after he joined 

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 09:06 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 09:06 BST, 5 May 2021

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Former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has opened up on his difficult spell at Anfield and how Mario Balotelli used to infuriate him during training sessions at Melwood.

Lambert joined the club he had supported as a boy in the summer of 2014 as part of the woeful spree by Brendan Rodgers - that also included Balotelli - in the wake of Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona.

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The former Southampton talisman struggled for first-team football though and only made 36 appearances in his sole season with the Reds, scoring three times.

Rickie Lambert has revealed Mario Balotelli used to score own goals during Liverpool training

Rickie Lambert has revealed Mario Balotelli used to score own goals during Liverpool training

Lambert and Balotelli both joined the club in the summer of 2014 after Luis Suarez had gone

Lambert and Balotelli both joined the club in the summer of 2014 after Luis Suarez had gone

Lambert says 'my head went with him in training' and he asked Brendan Rodgers to put them on different teams

Lambert says 'my head went with him in training' and he asked Brendan Rodgers to put them on different teams

Lambert left for West Brom in the summer of 2015 but has now opened up on his struggles back on Merseyside, including how former Manchester City striker Balotelli used to score own goals in training if things weren't going his way. 

Speaking on the Straight From the Off podcast, Lambert said: 'He (Balotelli) was a good lad, childish but infectious. But as soon as he stepped on the training pitch he became a different person.

'I've never seen anything like it, to be honest. I was at the pinnacle of my time as a professional, so to come across him was just…

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'At first, he gave everything when he played. But in

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