Wednesday 08 February 2012

Kuyt hails 'unbelievable' Bellamy

Wales striker's second spell at Anfield is even better than first says Dutch forward

Craig Bellamy has scored nine goals since returning to Anfield in the summer

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has labelled the form of fellow striker Craig Bellamy as "unbelievable".

The Wales international, who returned to Anfield for a second spell at the club at the end of the summer transfer window, has impressed this season, netting nine goals in all competitions including six in the Barclays Premier League.

But it has been his all-round performances which have won many admirers this season.

"He looks even better now than he did the first time he came here - it's not very often you can say that"
- Dirk Kuyt

Kuyt - who struck his 50th Barclays Premier League goal for the Reds in the 3-0 win at Wolves - told Liverpool's official magazine that Bellamy was proving to be one of the bargains of the season.

"Craig has been unbelievable. He came late in August and we did not pay a transfer fee," he said.

"He has been a brilliant signing for us and looks even better now than he did the first time he came here. It's not very often you can say that about a player who plays for a club in two spells.

"Usually the first time is better but this time, with Craig in better shape, he knows exactly what he can do and he's really professional in training every day, not just helping himself but the whole of the squad."

About his own landmark half-century of goals, Kuyt said: "Ideally it would have happened sooner but often in life it doesn't always happen the way you want it. So I had to be patient.

"To achieve the number is great. Not many people have done that in the Premier League for this club but also not many people from my country in Holland have done it elsewhere so I take a bit of pride in that."

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Key Points

  • Kuyt says fellow forward Craig Bellamy has been a 'brilliant signing'
  • Bellamy has impressed 'on and off' pitch, says Kuyt
  • Bellamy re-joined Liverpool at end of August