Bellamy savouring second chance


When Craig Bellamy signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2006, he knew he had made the wrong decision.

The 31-year-old failed to ever really establish a rapport with then Reds manager Rafael Benitez, and after an unsuccessful spell on Merseyside, the Welshman left Anfield after a solitary season.

But when the opportunity came to right those wrongs, and undertake a second spell with Liverpool, Bellamy couldn't turn down the chance to relieve the pain of previous failures - and he is now relishing his role under Kenny Dalglish.

"Sometimes it's not quite as romantic as we all like to make it out to be," he told the Daily Telegraph of his initial move. "I was in the office speaking to Rafa, speaking about certain things and it didn't feel right.

"If it wasn't Liverpool I wouldn't have signed. I didn't feel right about the positions I was going to be used in and thought I was being signed because I was the right price at the right time.

"I do go on instinct and my gut feeling, and that was a time when I went against it. I ended up signing just for one reason, because it was Liverpool."

Bellamy has enjoyed a new lease of life since being picked up by Dalglish on transfer deadline day, and insists he is determined to grab his second opportunity with both hands.

"This now feels right," he continued. "This is everything I wanted from the first time I was here.

"I'd never sound negative to Rafa or Gerard Houllier because they were outstanding for the club, but this was what I grew up with.

"I watched Liverpool towards the end of last year, I watched the way they were playing, and this is what I’ve supported, the pass and moving, the free-flowing football.

"How Liverpool go about their business now feels like how it must have been in the past. To me, this feels like Liverpool again, and the opportunity to be a part of that was just too big of a deal to turn down."

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