Bellamy reveals Dalglish pull

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Liverpool's deadline day signing Craig Bellamy has made the happiest of returns to Anfield, four years on from his first spell at the club and says the pull of playing under boyhood idol Kenny Dalgish was too good an opportunity to turn down.

The Welshman has moved on a free transfer from Manchester City after spending all of last season on loan at Cardiff City.

Bellamy scored nine goals in 42 appearances under then manager Rafa Benitez and says the excitement building at the club following a busy transfer window means a return was an easy one to make.

"I've grown up with Kenny Dalglish, now to be signed by him is a massive honour," he said.

"This is an exciting time. When Kenny took over, watching as a fan last season I got the buzz as well and it was great to see Liverpool end the season well.


"For me, the players they've signed this summer, there has been a lot of British which takes me back to when I started watching Liverpool. It looks so familiar to me and to be part of it is such a huge honour.

"To every Liverpool fan, Kenny is probably the best player ever to pull on the red shirt so that speaks for itself. He was the first player-manager to do the double and just how he conducted himself really.

The 32-year-old joins a Liverpool attack which already includes Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, but such talent doesn't faze the forward.

"I get this opportunity again for Liverpool fans to hopefully see a real good side of me on a playing level," he added.

"I know what I have to do to play in this team, so this should be a good time. I can play on either wing as well, like I did at Manchester City."

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