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Super Bellamy a delight to have at Liverpool, says Dalglish

Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to the professionalism and maturity shown by Craig Bellamy since the Welshman rejoined the club.

Bellamy signed for the Reds for a second time on transfer deadline day, leaving Manchester City to return to Anfield five years after he was first brought there by Rafael Benitez.

That original stint on Merseyside lasted only 12 months, with off-field issues – most notably an infamous incident involving a golf club and team-mate John Arne Riise, and a strained relationship with Benitez – contributing to his departure to West Ham.

Dalglish's decision to bring in the 32-year-old came as a surprise to some, but so far Bellamy has scored in each of his two starts and his manager has nothing but praise for the forward's attitude.

“Craig has been brilliant,” Dalglish told www.liverpoolfc.tv.

“He just loves playing football and wants to play all the time. He will make a contribution for us. He's fantastic to have around.

“Craig is a really good professional and doesn't like losing. He's not too bad when he has got the ball, either.

“He is more mature and better educated now. You have to be fair to everyone but he is happy to be around and play his part. He would certainly be much happier if he was playing more but he understands the situation maybe more than when he was younger.”

Bellamy's goals came in the Carling Cup third-round victory at Brighton and the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Norwich on Saturday, and he will be hoping to keep his place for tonight's fourth-round trip to Stoke.

Dalglish is expected to make some changes to his first XI, and among those who could come is Jay Spearing, whose chances have been limited this term.

Prior to Bellamy's arrival, several other players were recruited over the summer – including midfielders Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam – and it has led to a frustrating time for Spearing, spent primarily on the bench.

“It has been a mixed season for me so far,” the 22-year-old said.

“With the new players that have come in I haven't had as many chances as I would have liked, but at the end of the day it's down to me to keep working hard every day in training and show the manager I deserve a chance when the time comes.”

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