“I had problems with Rafa from day one” – Craig Bellamy reveals Liverpool’s difficulties


Craig Bellamy has admitted to having had a problem with manager Rafa Benitez from day one in Liverpool.

The former striker has always been a fan of the Reds and took a pay cut to join them in 2006 when they met his £ 6m release clause at Blackburn Rovers.

However, the Welsh international lasted only one season at Anfield under the Spanish boss before being sold to West Ham United and although he returned to Liverpool for another yearlong stay in 2011 / 12, it was under Kenny Dalglish.

Speaking on Sky Sports to former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher, Bellamy, now 40, said: “I think the biggest problem I had with Rafa was the first day.

“I remember sitting in his office, we were about to sign and he showed a photo of me yelling at a player.

“He was like:” What is it? “”

A laughing Carragher interrupted: “This is what you bought! “

The attacker replied, “This is a normal photo of Craig Bellamy in a newspaper. It was like “I don’t want to see this. I do not want that. It’s not what I want. “

“I remember thinking” Oh my God, it’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be difficult for me. “”

We remember Bellamy’s first visit to the Reds for an infamous argument with John Arne Riise when he was fined two weeks’ wages for entering the Norwegian’s hotel room and attacking him with a golf Club.

However, Bellamy would later shed light on the incident in his next game by celebrating a goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou by emulating a golf swing.

But even before he kicked his childhood team, Bellamy knew he would find life difficult under a discipline like Benitez.

He said: “Honestly, it was the Liverpool Football Club (the reason he joined). I knew he wasn’t the man for me.

“I knew it – but because it was Liverpool Football Club, I just had to sign.

“It was a tough time with workouts.

“Defensively for you, it was great. The organization was great. But for the attackers, for the creative players, he was trying to play the game.

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“He was trying to direct you into this scenario, this scenario, but we don’t know the scenarios.

“As a creative player, you need to be able to be creative. “


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