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  • "I think if we had refused Rickie this move players would have questiopned more about staying than letting him go. At this time in his career it was the first and last chance to go to the club of his dreams. I think considering what he has done for Saints it would of been heartless not to let him go.
    Five years ago Rickie was supposedly at his peak , yet each season he has produced the same standard and has in truth grown as a footballer. In his wildest dreams he could not even imagine that at nthe twilight of his career he would finish 8th in the Premier, play for England, go to the world cup and seal a move to his home club.
    To allow Rickie to do this was the right thing and to be strong and not give in to sell other players is also the right thing. Good luck Rickie and I hope its a move you do not regret."
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Rickie Lambert issues an open letter to Southampton fans following his move to Liverpool

Lambert thanks Saints fans

Lambert thanks Saints fans

First published in Football

Rickie Lambert has written an open letter to Saints fans following his transfer to Liverpool.

Here are his thoughts in full...

"What can I say…?

"Southampton has been my life for the past five years, in which we have achieved all of our dreams and more.

"First I have to thank Markus Liebherr for saving Southampton then Alan Pardew for bringing me to the club.

"Thank you to all the staff involved in making me the player I am today. Without your knowledge and commitment I would not be here right now at a World Cup with England.

"Thank you to all the players, past and present, who I have had nothing but good times and success with driven by our club captain, Kelvin Davis. I love every last one of you.

"Thank you to the managers I have worked with – Alan, Nigel and Mauricio – and their teams for helping me and Southampton step up and adapt to every challenge that has come our way the past five years.

"When I grew up there was only one club I loved. I can honestly say now I have two clubs which will always be in my heart and that is thanks to the Saints fans.

"The people who support this club have been nothing short of amazing towards me and, when I look back in years to come, it will be the relationship I had with the fans here which will stand out the most.

"Southampton have allowed me to realise a lifelong ambition by joining Liverpool FC and taking my family home. The five-year plan when I arrived was to get this club from League 1 to the top half of the Premier League. Against all the odds we have achieved that.

"Now, under Katharina Liebherr’s leadership, the club has the chance for new plan, a new chapter, and I wish them all the success in the world."

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