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."