Kenny Dalglish has hailed Craig Bellamy’s performances for Liverpool so far, with the Reds manager revealing the 32-year-old will have a big impact on the squad this season.
Bellamy signed for Liverpool from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, and made his first league start for the club at the weekend as the Reds drew 1-1 with Norwich.
And Dalglish has big plans for Bellamy this season, saying that the Wales international has grown since his first time around at Anfield and is pushing the younger players closer towards success.
"Craig has been brilliant," Dalglish told the official Liverpool website. "He just loves playing football and wants to play all the time. He will make a contribution for us. He's fantastic to have around.
"Craig is a really good professional and doesn't like losing. He's not too bad when he has got the ball, either. He is more mature and better educated now. You have to be fair to everyone but he is happy to be around the place and play his part.
"He would certainly be much happier if he was playing more but he understands the situation maybe more than when he was younger. He knows everyone respects him here and that is a big thing for him. We give everyone the respect they deserve."
After Bellamy scored in the last Carling Cup match for Liverpool against Brighton, which the club won 2-1, the star is hoping to start against Stoke in the next round tomorrow night, and Dalglish insists that team selections will be made with no favouritism and complete fairness.
"We don't have any qualms playing any of our players in any games," he explained.
"It's great that we have that comfort, belief and confidence in them to be able to do that. You have to be fair to everyone and Craig understands that.
"The teams we have been putting out in the Carling Cup have been strong and I'm sure the team at Stoke will be the same. We will be fair with everyone."