Carra lauds Bellamy return
Jamie Carragher believes Craig Bellamy can top his first spell at Liverpool after returning to his former club on deadline day.
Last Updated: 01/09/11 8:28pm
Jamie Carragher believes Craig Bellamy can top his first spell at Liverpool after returning to his former club on transfer deadline day.
The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal on Wednesday having come to an agreement over the final 12 months of his contract with Manchester City, where he had fallen out of favour with manager Roberto Mancini.
He returns to the Merseysiders four years after leaving following just one season under Rafael Benitez in which he scored nine goals.
"It's a great signing. As a kid he always said he was a Liverpool fan," said Reds vice-captain Carragher.
"I think he was quite disappointed with how it finished, with how he left.
"He'd have liked to have done a lot better and hopefully this gives him the chance to do that.
"For the last few years at Man City he has been excellent, not just as a striker but as a wide player. In the squad we've probably only got Stewart Downing as an out-and-out wide player.
"I think Craig prefers to play as a striker but he could certainly do that job for us."
Carragher was also pleased to see the defence reinforced with the arrival of 6ft 6in Uruguay centre-back Sebastian Coates, who impressed during this summer's Copa America.
"I haven't seen a lot of him but I think he got young player of the tournament," the veteran centre-back told Liverpool's official website.
"That shows he's got great quality and I think it's going to be a great addition to the squad.
"You can't think of yourself, you have to think of the club. One centre-back (Sotirios Krygiakos) went so we needed another.
"Time will tell how good the lad is but his pedigree looks fantastic.
"He's probably been brought up playing a different type of football than I have, a South American style - so maybe I can learn from him as well.
"It's not always about the older players helping the younger - it can work vice-versa. You're always learning from different people."