Lifelong Reds supporter Craig Bellamy claims Liverpool are the biggest club he could have joined.
The 27yr old Welsh international made a Â£6 million switch from Blackburn to Liverpool and has also played for Newcastle and Celtic among others but there is no bigger club for him then Liverpool and he’s keen to get his Reds career underway.
‘For me it is (the biggest club) because this is the club I supported and so there’s no club bigger than Liverpool for me,’ Bellamy told the club’s official website.
‘I’ve got a real hunger and drive to do well because it’s one thing coming to a club like Liverpool and another thing to be a really good player here.
‘I enjoyed my time at Celtic because that was another club I wanted to play for. I’ve played for Celtic, represented my country and now I’m at Liverpool so in that sense it’s been a very successful career for me but I’m missing trophies and I want my time at Liverpool to bring medals.
‘I was very happy at Blackburn but I spoke to Mark Hughes and told him I would make a decision before going back to pre-season training.
‘Once the Liverpool interest came along I explained my situation and I think Mark was disappointed but he understood.’
‘I had plenty of opportunities when I left Newcastle, there were about five Premiership clubs wanting to sign me,’ he added.
‘It’s not like Blackburn asked me to go there because nobody else would have me. I had to make sure I was going to the right club at that stage of my career and I knew Mark Hughes as well as all the coaching staff.
‘I really trust them and they knew the situation I was coming from at Newcastle. Everyone made it really easy for me and it was a great club for me to join at that time.
‘I’m grateful to everyone at Blackburn because no-one could have done more for me. As upsetting as it was to tell them I was leaving, this is Liverpool so it was an easy decision to make.’
Bellamy has been injury-plagued throughout his career but following a long spell without an operation the Welsh flyer is hoping to produce his best consistently for Liverpool.
‘You can never guard against injuries but, touch wood, I’ve been without an operation for two years which is the longest spell in my career so hopefully that continues. The fitter you are then the better you play.
‘Winning is the be all and end all for me. I want to win every time I go onto the field and I’m sure this club has the same mentality.’