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    saint bartley wrote:
    I haven't bothered in the past to register on the Echo website although thoroughly enjoy the banter and ascerbic comments, but I too wanted to add my sincere thanks to Ricki for the fantastic job he has done in contributing to our 'rise from the ashes' of League 1. Not only a great and talented player, but a humble family guy. I wish you all the very best mate in your new 'home' and many thanks for the great performances you've given us. Now, who the hell to we get to take the penalties??!!
    Me too. I have seldom contributed to this blog, but enjoy my daily read and chuckles. However, I want to register my thanks to Rickie and wish him all the very best. I truly believe he will be a World Cup hero for England and a great asset to Liverpool. I think his real talent, apart from goal scoring, is his remarkable ability to hold the ball up and lay it off. He is the most unselfish player I can ever remember seeing in a Saints shirt. His football style reminds me of Peter Osgood, when he was at Saints. Peter was not as humble as Rickie, but was a magician with the ball at his feet. I thought we could never replace him, but then I have been proven wrong so many times. We will miss you Rickie, but we will move on and put you into our memories with great affection."
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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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