But for the capitulation against Bolton some weekends ago, it’s generally been a positive few weeks for Liverpool.
Is it because of Steven Gerrard’s return to full-match fitness? Andy Carroll’s encouraging improvements? Dirk Kuyt’s mini goal spree? New signings bedding into the team?
The answer is, quite conceivably, all of the above.
But there is one man to top it all off, one man who has exceeded all expectations upon returning on a free transfer, one man who should be starting games week in and week out if it weren’t for his knee.
That one man is Craig Bellamy.
Here are six reasons he is Liverpool’s most important player right now.
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