Skrtel salutes Bellamy impact

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has paid tribute to striker Craig Bellamy for his impact at Anfield this season.

The Welsh international returned to Merseyside on a free transfer in the summer, opting for the Reds over a number of other interested suitors.

And the move is starting to pay major dividends for both the player and club, with Bellamy hitting top form at the turn of the year and scoring a brace in the recent 3-1 win over Newcastle.

"Everybody knows how much quality he has and he shows that in every single game he plays. He's a great player and we are delighted to have him on our side," Skrtel told the official Liverpool website.

"Craig put in a really good performance and we were delighted for him to get two goals against his old club. He showed again what a great footballer he is.

"It was a very important win for us, especially after not winning the previous two games, so we got the three points and we are really happy with that."

The Slovakian international, who made a stunning goal-line clearance to prevent Demba Ba from scoring in the clash on the 30th December, was also keen to pay tribute to the returning Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool's club captain came off the bench to score in the win, and is in contention to start against Manchester City in a potentially huge clash at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

"Stevie is special. He has been out for a while but he scored and showed how very important a player he is for Liverpool," he continued.

"He has given everyone a lot of confidence. We have a lot of games to play, just in January alone, and his return is a big boost to us. We are all happy to see him back."

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