Liverpool, June 23:
Craig Bellamy has signed a four-year deal with Liverpool after his 10.9 million dollars transfer from Blackburn was completed on Thursday.
The Wales striker had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a cut-price deal in the event of a club playing in the Champions League making a bid for him. Bellamy spent a season at Blackburnas they clinched a place in the UEFA Cup.
He is understood to have accepted a lower salary to the club he supported as a boy, than he could have had with the new contract Blackburn had offered him. Bellamy said he wanted to help Liverpool win their first top-flight title since the last of their record 18 championships back in 1990.
â€œBeing a Liverpool supporter myself, at the start of every season itâ€™s the league title that youâ€™re looking to win, he said. â€œBeing top of this league is something that Liverpool grew used to in the 70s and 80s, but it hasnâ€™t happened for a while, and that has to change.â€ Liverpool won the FA Cup last season and ended the season in third to secure a Champions League qualifying berth.
Reds manager Rafael Benitez, desperate to sharpen the cutting edge of his side, moved for Bellamy after offloading Spanish misfit Fernando Morientes to Valencia and losing the services of Djibril Cisse because of a broken leg.