Craig Bellamy ‘privileged’ to be playing for Liverpool again

Craig Bellamy says he feels honoured to play for Kenny Dalglish's side and is positive about the season ahead

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Craig Bellamy scored in Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Aston Vila Photo: Biser Todorov, via Wikimedia

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Craig Bellamy has described playing for Liverpool as “privilege” after the striker scored the opener and set up the Reds’ second in their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The 32-year-old sealed a return to Anfield from Manchester City in August and the Welsh forward has become a key member of Kenny Dalglish’s squad, scoring three goals.

And Bellamy admits he feels honoured to be back at Anfield after leaving the club in 2007 following an unhappy season under Rafael Benítez.

“We’re a good team, there are no doubts about that,” Bellamy told Liverpool’s website. “We are part of an incredible football club. When you go out onto the field, it’s not just 11 players – it’s 22/23 players.

“To represent this club is a privilege, but you do have to carry a certain responsibility and style of play.

“Fortunately we do have a lot of Liverpool players here who do deserve to play at this club. Hopefully we will have a very positive season.”

Bellamy has started to forge a partnership with Uruguay striker Luis Suárez and he admits his team-mate has been unfortunate with the number of times he has hit the woodwork this term.

“I’ve not seen a forward quite like him ability wise and for luck as well – he constantly either hits the post or bar,” Bellamy said.

“He could be on a lot more goals than what he is, but performance wise is enough for us. The way he goes about his business, he is a credit to us.”

Dalglish called for his players to be more clinical following four successive home draws in the league during October and November, with Suárez’s second-half winner against Queens Park Rangers earlier this month ending that unwanted sequence of results.

But despite struggling to convert their chances, Bellamy is confident the goals will eventually come as long as the Reds can continue to carve out opportunities.

“You just have to create the chances,” he continued. “Fortunately, we do that and have been doing that in a lot of the games.

“It will turn – with the players we have we will get a lot more goals than what we have so far.

“If we keep working hard like we have done, like we did at Villa, and counter-attack with the players we have, we will get a lot more wins.”

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