Clarke: Bellamy fits Reds mould

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Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke believes Craig Bellamy's will to succeed makes him the perfect addition to the Reds' artillery.

The Welsh striker made his return to Anfield during transfer deadline day on a free transfer from Manchester City after spending last season on loan at Cardiff City.

And Clarke, who worked with Bellamy at West Ham United, says the forward's demands of himself make him an ideal acquisition for the club.

“Craig gives us plenty of options in the forward areas of the pitch,” said Clarke.

“A lot has been said about Craig but his attitude on and off the training pitch is top. He demands high standards and we can have a good working relationship going forward.

“I knew Craig from before and so too did Kevin Keen so we had good background on him and so it was a no brainer (to sign him)."


The 32-year-old made his first appearance since his move from City during Saturday's defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, which saw the visitors create countless chances but fail to break down the resilient Potters.

Clarke is confident that despite the weekend's result, Liverpool's first loss of the season, the team can bounce back against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

“It’s a long season and we know we are going to have set backs but it’s how you react to those set backs," he added,

“The mood in training has been fine and the players know the performance at Stoke was acceptable but it didn’t produce the required result.

“We just have to make sure we go to Tottenham and put in an acceptable performance but also get the required result.”

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