Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has sung the praises of Craig Bellamy following the Welshman's impressive return to Anfield.

The former Manchester City forward returned to Anfield on a two-year deal in August, and made an instant impact against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night - his first start since returning to Liverpool.

"It's good to have him back. Was his last goal for us in the Nou Camp? Really? That was a good goal! It's like how it was four years ago. It's like he's never been away. We signed here at the same time and used to live close to each other in the beginning," Kuyt told the official Liverpool website.

"We drove up a couple of times to training. That was good. He's a top professional who wants to win every game and help his teammates. He definitely had a big role in the game against Brighton and I think he will have a big future for Liverpool if he keeps playing like this.

"He will be very important for us. Every player in the squad is important. We all need each other. Everyone wants to knock on the door and play games regularly. It's good to have competition in the squad. That's what you need if you want to challenge for trophies."

The Dutch international also welcomed the return of skipper Steven Gerrard, who came off the bench to feature for the first time in six months following a long-term groin injury.


 

Gerrard is tipped to feature for the Reds against Wolves on Saturday, and Kuyt believes his return has provided everyone connected to the club with a much needed boost.

"I think it's the biggest boost for Liverpool," Kuyt continued.

"The reaction of the crowd said it all. Everyone has waited a long time for him to come back and it's great to see him back. We've trained with him for two weeks and he was ready to get his first minutes.

"Hopefully he'll get ready soon for a full game now. I don't think we'll be waiting too long for him to do that though. He must be desperate to start."

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