Craig Bellamy believes Brendan Rodgers has all the qualities required to be successful as Liverpool manager.
Rodgers was announced as new Reds boss this morning, two weeks after Kenny Dalglish was sacked from the role having overseen the Merseyside club’s joint-lowest Premier League finish last term.
Bellamy was one of only a handful of Liverpool players to have emerged from last season with any credit having begun his second on Merseyside at the start of the season.
The former Manchester City forward believes that while Rodgers faces a ‘huge challenge’ in transforming Liverpool into regular top four finishers, the Welshman insists he is the right man for the job.
"I am sad to see Kenny [Dalglish] go, but I think they have made a very good appointment in Brendan Rodgers, I really do," he told reporters.
"I have got the chance to see him closely because he is only down the road at Swansea and I am at Cardiff so I have got the chance to see him very closely in the last few years.
"He is very good guy as well, speaks well, knows his football, and he has proven himself."
Bellamy believes that Rodgers' greatest challenge initially will be learning to cope with the differences between managing a side new to the Premier League in Swansea and Liverpool the most trophy-laden club in England.
"Liverpool is a huge, huge challenge," he added. "No disrespect to Swansea this is Liverpool Football Club, it certainly isn't Swansea so it is going to be a big test for him."