Bellamy targets overthrowing Chelsea

New Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is eager to get his career at the club off to a flying start, and has the confidence that manager Rafael Benitez has built a squad strong enough of challenging Premiership champions Chelsea this season.

Liverpool made up ground in terms of points on Chelsea last season, also winning the FA Cup in Cardiff in May. The Reds’ season was in fact so strong that had the season begun in October, they would have been clear winners of the Premiership for the first time.

Bellamy, who scored on his Liverpool debut against Wrexham last Saturday, says, “We play them in the Community Shield before the season starts and, although it’s not the most important game of the season, it’s a chance for us to get off to a good start and maybe send out a message to a few people.

“They’re a great side but I think I’m playing for as good a side with players that are just as good as Chelsea have.

“I’ve grown up with the club I supported winning leagues year in year out – not just titles but doubles and that is where I always envisage this club being.

Chelsea are the benchmark for the rest of the country but I do believe we can match them this season.

“You associate Liverpool with going for the league, it’s what this club’s about and that’s what we’ll be starting the season aiming for. Nothing less is acceptable now, or ever, at Liverpool.”

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