Liverpool completed their summer recruitment drive when they announced the return to the club of former Red, Craig Bellamy. The Welsh international has joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City who granted him a free transfer as they sought to trim their wage bill by removing several high earning stars who do not feature in Roberto Mancini's plans for the season ahead.
Bellamy has of course already spent one season at Liverpool earlier in his career. He was first brought to the club in the summer of 2006 when then manager Rafa Benitez paid Blackburn Rovers a fee of £6million for the fiery Welshman.
Bellamy would play 41 games for Liverpool in that spell scoring nine goals. The most memorable of those was his header at the Camp Nou which helped Liverpool dump Barcelona out of the European Cup.
With Liverpool looking to sign Fernando Torres in the summer of 2007 either Bellamy or fellow striker Peter Crouch was always likely to be sold. Bellamy attracted more interest and when West Ham offered £7.5million, Bellamy was on his way to London.
Bellamy stayed at West Ham until until January 2009 before making a big money move to Manchester City. Unfortunately for Bellamy his arrival at City was part of the early stages of a spending spree by City that is matched only by the actions of Chelsea over the course of the Premier League.
With his employers spending untold millions to bring top talent to the club, Bellamy was forced out of the picture at the Eastlands club.
In August of 2010 he joined his hometown club Cardiff City on a season-long loan. Bellamy had a fantastic season for The Bluebirds, scoring 11 goals and also adding 10 assists whilst being deployed mainly in a left wing position.
It should be noted that Bellamy missed a number of games for Cardiff and those figures likely would have been even higher if not for a pesky hamstring injury which hampered him.
Bellamy returned to City once his loan spell was over but was never likely to stay with them. With City looking to trim their wage bill, and the player himself looking for an opportunity to play more often, it was clearly a matter of when, rather than if, he would move to a new club.
As the transfer deadline drew closer he was linked with Liverpool, QPR and Tottenham Hotspur. As dawn broke on the final day of the transfer window it seemed like he would be heading to one of the London clubs.
In what had seemed that morning an unlikely turn of events, the player decided that Liverpool was the club where he wanted to continue his career and he joined Kenny Dalglish's Red Revolution with just hours to spare before the window slammed shut.
Bellamy has signed a two-year contract with Liverpool and has made it clear that he's looking to win some silverware. In this article I lay out five reasons why I think Bellamy can play a big role in helping Liverpool claim their first Premier League title, and nineteenth top division championship in all.
I hope you enjoy.