Rickie Lambert says that he’s determined to prove that his fairy-tale return to Liverpool is not a story of sentimentality and that he’s good enough to be at Anfield.
The 32-year-old forward was released by his boyhood club as a teenager, and after an arduous journey through the Football League and Premier League he sealed his dream return to his home city before jetting off to the World Cup with England.
His story has been compared to a film script by some, with his career having been in the balance when the Reds cut him loose as a youngster.
Lambert worked part-time jobs while playing for smaller sides, and eventually rose to the ‘big time’ with Southampton.
The experienced striker admits that his switch to Liverpool is one that has elements of romanticism to it, but he is adamant that he is at the club for more than sentimental reasons:
“It’s a good story, but I think the time has gone past that now.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I said how much it means to me being a Liverpool fan 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 Brendan 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.
“I have to get picked, progress with the club and impress the manager. That’s what matters.”