Kenny praises Bellamy following Chelsea victory

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praised Craig Bellamy after the Welshman set up both goals in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Chelsea on Tuesday night following the death of his friend Gary Speed on Sunday.

“Craig is a fantastic footballer who had a hugely disappointing day on Sunday. He regarded Gary Speed as a mentor,” said Dalglish.

“It was great for the wee man, making the first goal. For the second he took the free-kick. He told Martin to leave it, it was going in!”

Of the game itself, Kenny said “I don’t know if we took Chelsea apart but we were delighted with the way we played. We’ve had a good day and we deserved to go through.”

The one black note on another brilliant visit to Stamford Bridge was the injury to midfielder Lucas Leiva in the second half. The Brazilian was stretchered off with a knee injury.

Dalglish said “Lucas has damaged his knee, we don’t know what the problem is. We’ll get it looked at and take it from there.

“Rather than speculate we’ll wait until we get a medical update tomorrow. We’ll let everyone know in due course.”

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