Striker Craig Bellamy, one of Liverpool’s summer-signings, is set to make his competitive debut on Wednesday in a competition he knows is special to the Reds. Liverpool take on Maccabi Haifa in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier at Anfield. He knows how special the competition is to the club although he was only a very young child as they picked up numbers three and four of the five. He recalls: “I was brought up a Liverpool fan, and I was a schoolboy when they were winning championships and the European Cup. I don’t know about anyone else here, but I believe Liverpool should be about winning every game, not just some. Every one.”
He continued: “When I was a kid Liverpool were winning the European Cup regularly, as well as doubles and trebles. That is what this club should be about. And I want to play and do well in the Champions League. Liverpool won the trophy a year ago and I was delighted for them. Now I am looking forward to my chance to play for them in the tournament.”
The first leg, at Anfield, is all-important and of course Liverpool will want to end their two-game losing streak from their last two friendly matches. The decision on the location for the return leg will be announced by UEFA on Monday. Two of the venues being spoken of if the tie is switched from Israel are Ukraine and Holland.