Bellamy relishing opportunity
City semi-final giving Reds striker a 'real buzz'
Last Updated: January 11, 2012 8:47am
Craig Bellamy: Has scored six goals for Liverpool this season
Craig Bellamy is delighted to have breathed fresh life into his career at Liverpool ahead of another potential reunion with Manchester City.
The Welshman returned for a second spell at Anfield when manager Kenny Dalglish opted last summer to offer him a route out of City.
Bellamy's career had been dogged by injuries and accusations of a habit for causing controversy, but he has impressed since his move back to Liverpool.
And having scored six goals in eight starts and 10 substitute appearances, the 32-year-old is taking the opportunity with both hands.
Bellamy said in the Daily Star: "I'm at the stage of my career where I just want to be available and want to be able to have a chance of playing every game.
"The manager and the medical staff at Liverpool have given me that chance and I am very grateful to them for that.
"I have been injury-free and been available for every single game which has been great for me."
Bellamy was only a substitute in Liverpool's 3-0 loss at City last week, but he hopes to start in Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
He said: "This is the kind of game that gives you a real buzz. It is why you play for Liverpool and this is what it brings.
"This club is used to getting to semi-finals and finals and all we can do is give it our best and see where it takes us."