Liverpool Transfer News: Should Brendan Rodgers Fight for Bellamy?

Mary O'ConnorCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2012

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Craig Bellamy of Liverpool reacts as Referee Anthony Taylor books him for diving during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool at Ewood park on April 10, 2012 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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According to WalesOnline, Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will have to wait nervously to find out his fate until the Olympic Games have been decided.

Rumors have been circulating, with The Sun telling how QPR are poaching the seasoned striker, while BBC are expressing Cardiff’s interest in their old friend.

But the question diehard Liverpool fans want answered is whether new manager Brendan Rodgers will fight to keep the Cardiff man in Anfield or push him toward those who have interest.

Rodgers, who has had stints managing at Reading, Chelsea, Watford and Swansea, is a big gamble for Liverpool. Considering the side's lackluster year, though, he just might be what they need right now.

Rodgers' style of football is traditional. He plays the passing game like the old Liverpool style in the Shankley era—something that may get the fans on his side.

Since moving to Anfield, Rodgers has made decisions that could steer Liverpool in the right direction. The question is, should he fight for Bellamy?

Bellamy’s track record at Liverpool is not too impressive. The striker had very sparse playing time last season. He scored six goals in the league along with one goal in the FA Cup. With these stats, Rodgers will have no reason to bribe the veteran. 

It can be argued too that Bellamy is getting stale. At age 33, he looks to be past his prime. Although he has blistering speed on the wing and can be a danger because of his acceleration, it is not the game that Rodgers is comfortable playing, based on his past experiences.

Rodgers likes to build up the play through a strategy of short passes rather than use the long-ball approach, which Bellamy is more suited to.

Another factor that plays against Bellamy is his notoriously volatile behavior. He is noted for his involvement in several violent incidents, including an alleged clash which was reported by The Guardian with teammate John Arne Riise at Liverpool where Bellamy threatened Riise with a golf club.

Should Rodgers really battle it out for a man who can be more destructive than constructive?