5 Greatest Craig Bellamy Moments for Liverpool

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentMay 23, 2014

5 Greatest Craig Bellamy Moments for Liverpool

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    Following Cardiff City's relegation, Craig Bellamy has called time on his 17-year career in professional football.

    The former Welsh international's career will be remembered for his passion and character, his ability to wind Premier League defences up and remain a popular figure amongst his teammates.

    The 34-year-old enjoyed two spells at Liverpool, between 2006-07 and 2011-12 and left some fond memories behind at Anfield.

    Here, we recollect some of those memories that certainly left an impression on Liverpool and the Kop.

The Golf Club Celebration at the Camp Nou

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    Amid speculation suggesting he and left-back John Arne Riise had had an altercation with a golf club just days before, the pair combined to sink Barcelona at the Camp Nou in 2007.

    Trailing to an early goal from Deco, Bellamy equalised shortly before half-time, imitating a golf swing in his celebration. It was to become an iconic moment from his time at Liverpool.

    Bellamy then turned provider to Riise for a 74th-minute winner as Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners against the Catalan giants.

Sticking Up for Wayne Bridge Against John Terry

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    Okay, so we've cheated here as this happened during his time at Manchester City, between his two spells at Liverpool, but it was a moment that most football fans revered Bellamy for his actions.

    Following allegations that John Terry had slept with the girlfriend of his former Chelsea and England teammate Wayne Bridge in 2010, Bellamy sided with his City colleague Bridge and told the world what he thought of Terry.

    City had beaten Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, which had been preceded by a non-handshake between Bridge and Terry. Bellamy spent the whole game winding Terry up, before telling the media, as per The Telegraph:

    You guys (the media) make a lot more of it you know (the fall-out between Terry and Bridge). I know what JT is like and nothing surprises me about it, so I'm not going to comment on that. I think everybody in football knows what the guy is like, but that's off the field.

Re-Signing in 2011

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    When Bellamy was sold to West Ham in 2007, ending his spell at Liverpool after just a year, there was a big feeling around Anfield that he had unfinished business on Merseyside.

    A journeyman footballer, it was therefore no surprise that he returned under Kenny Dalglish in 2011 for a second bite of the Liverpool cherry.

    He played an important part in Liverpool's success in 2011-12 as the Reds reached Wembley twice, winning the Carling Cup and being defeated by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

    He played 37 games in all competitions that season for the Reds, scoring nine goals.

Bravery in Gary Speed's Death

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    Following the tragic death of close friend and colleague Gary Speed in 2011, Bellamy was understandably too upset to play in Liverpool's Premier League home game against Manchester City later that day.

    He returned just a few days later though to put in a heroic and brave performance as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

    Bellamy played a part in both goals for the Reds that night with Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly getting on the scoresheet.

    He dedicated the win to his friend, Speed.

Carling Cup Semi-Final 2012

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    Throughout his career, Bellamy picked up a knack of tormenting his former teams.

    Against Manchester City in the 2012 Carling Cup semi-final, Bellamy ran the soon to be Premier League champions ragged with a dazzling display of intensity.

    How fitting, too, that Bellamy scored what turned out to be the winner with a 74th-minute equaliser to finish the game 2-2 and send Liverpool through to the final 3-2 on aggregate.

    Liverpool went on to beat his former, future and hometown club Cardiff City in the final on penalties at Wembley.