I am becoming a better player at Liverpool, says Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy admits he has become a more "intelligent player" since moving from Manchester City to Liverpool in the summer

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Kenny Dalglish signed Craig Bellamy on a free transfer from Manchester City PA Photos

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Craig Bellamy believes he has improved since returning to Liverpool from Manchester City last summer.

The 32-year-old has been Liverpool’s best performer of late, scoring against Oldham Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as netting the decisive strike to eliminate Manchester City from the Carling Cup and book Liverpool’s place in the final at Wembley.

And the Welsh striker, who endured a frustrating first spell at the Reds in 2006, says he has become more a more intelligent player under Kenny Dalglish.

“People who have watched me recently, like my father, will say to me, ‘You just seem to be getting better.’ I believe it’s more to do with, not just the experience I have, but that I’m becoming more intelligent on the pitch,” Bellamy told Liverpool’s website..

“I always worked hard for the team but I made runs for myself at times as well. Now I understand, defensively, where I have to be and how to organise. I don’t get disillusioned if I don’t get the ball in certain areas.

“My whole awareness and appreciation for the team has grown which I seem to be benefiting from as a player. So that’s probably more noticeable to me than anything else.”

Bellamy acknowledged the contribution of Dalglish and the Reds’ medical staff in helping keep the former Newcastle United striker fit over the demanding festive period.

“My fitness is down to everyone here at the club,” added Bellamy. “They monitor me really well, they keep a close eye on me and the manager’s been great. He’s picked me in certain games and given me a rest in certain games.

“So I’ve gone into January fresh and able to make an impact off the back of basically the manager and the fitness staff and the coaching staff all looking after me.”

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