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Rickie Lambert is right to dismiss sentiment about Liverpool move

Rickie Lambert's dismissal of the continued talk of sentiment around his Liverpool move shows he's in the right frame of mind ahead of this coming season.

Since the 32-year-old joined the Reds in the close season, stories describing a journeyman's rise to the top of the game have been in full flow.

The story of Lambert, a former beetroot factory worker who has turned out for the likes of Stockport County, Macclesfield Town and Rochdale, finally making his dream move to his boyhood club in the latter stages of his career is, undoubtedly, a heart-warming one.

From toiling in the lower divisions for years after being released from Liverpool, before eventually re-joining the club he had supported all his life to help them in the Champions League as a fully-fledged England international, is the stuff of dreams.

However, with the new season fast approaching, Lambert has hit the right notes after claiming that it is now time to get down to the serious business of performing in a red shirt.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not bought the forward out of misguided sentimentality - the Northern Irishman has proven that he is a ruthless operator during his two years at the helm at Anfield.

Often unfairly tarred as a traditional target-man, Lambert is in fact a clever football who is adept at bringing others into play, and the England forward capped off a fine season for Southampton last term with 13 goals in 37 appearances.

Ahead of the new campaign, the former Saints star is aware of his responsibilities for his new club.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s a good story and I’m happy talking about it but I think the time has gone past that now. Everyone knows how much it means to me and how a lot of Liverpool fans will like the idea of signing a Scouser and a Liverpudlian but it was the simple fact that [Rodgers] thought I was good enough to be a Liverpool player.

“It had no sentiment in it. Football has no place for sentimental things. As soon as you hold on to sentimental things it gets knocked out of you straight away. It’s about what I do on the pitch, it’s as simple as that and I’m happy with that."

With many players throughout the years seeing a move to Liverpool as proof that they had already 'made it', Reds fans will be pleased to hear a refreshing take from the Kirkby-born Lambert.

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