Gerrard believes Bellamy has a huge impact for Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that forward Craig Bellamy can play a huge role in the Reds season after his goal secured Liverpool’s progression to the Carling Cup final, The Reds drew 2-2 on the night, but their 1-0 win from the first leg got them past league leaders Manchester City at Anfield.

The 32 year old Welshman terrorised the City defence and deservedly got his goal, which was the eighth of the campaign. Bellamy was released by Roberto Mancini’s side in the summer and joined the Reds on a free transfer for his second spell at the club after an infamous season in 2007/2008. Gerrard believes that Bellamy will perform in the same vein as Gary McAllister, who arrived at Anfield in the twilight of his career and helped the club to five trophies.

Gerrard said: ‘Craig has been superb since he’s come in, he’s a fantastic professional who works really hard and he got his rewards here. He was a menace all night – that’s what type of player he is. He’s in your face, he runs in behind, he doesn’t let you settle on the ball and I’m sure if he carries on he can have the impact at this club that Gary McAllister did.’

The Liverpool skipper and Bellamy are expected to link up once again at the weekend in the fourth round FA Cup tie with Manchester United and Gerrard is confident in his side’s ability to beat United. Anfield was raucous last night and the 31 year old wants the same from the Liverpool crowd to inspire them past the Premier League champions.

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