On 20th June 2006, Craig Bellamy, the highly talented Welshman with a notoriously fiery temprament, signed for Liverpool FC for £6 Million. Bellamy was sold to West Ham United in 2007 for £7.5m. He then moved to Manchester City for undisclosed fee believed to be around £14m. On 31 August 2011, Bellamy completed a move back to former club Liverpool from Manchester City.
Since his return to Liverpool, it seems that Bellamy is back to his best, making a real impact on the style of play that we attack with. His aggressive, fast, direct mentality has resulted in Bellamy scoring 4 in 13 appearances, creating many more.
Craig Bellamy has a habit of scoring against his former clubs and Liverpool fans will be hoping the Welshman continues this trend against Manchester City tonight. However, as he revealed this week, Bellamy takes no real pleasure in scoring against his former teams.
Since returning to Liverpool, Bellamy has scored against former teams Norwich and Newcastle, and whilst it's great for Liverpool, Bellamy doesn't see it as anything special. He told LFC TV:
"I don't get too much satisfaction scoring against previous clubs. I'm very respectful, and I have to appreciate that that I owe a lot to every club I've played for."
It is clear Bellamy is looking forward to tonight's game against his former club Manchester City:
"This is the kind of game that gives you a real buzz - it is why you play for Liverpool and this is what it brings."
"This club is used to getting to semi-finals and finals and all we can do is give it our best and see where it takes us"
We should see Kenny take the chances with Andy Carroll and Stewart downing both back on the scoresheet. Vincent Kompany is banned following his failed appeal. Both Toure brothers are away at the Africa Cup of Nations. David Silva is doubtful.
All this suggests the result should be in our favour, but I hope to see Maxi and Gerrard started, Kenny will learn from the mistakes at the Ethihad last week.
It will be close, but lets all hope we come out on top, or with a couple away goals.
Ollie Ayton, LFC Blogspot - @o_ayton