Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has revealed that he doesn’t expect the Reds to qualify for the Champions League this season – despite signing seven new players to improve our squad this summer.
Forwards Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, midfielder James Milner, defenders Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne, and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan have all arrived since the end of last season, but Bellamy still believes that we lack the quality to reach the top four.
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In quotes taken by the Daily Mail, he explained: “I’d love to say they can qualify for the Champions League but I feel they will fall a little bit short of that again this year.
“I think [Christian] Benteke is a brilliant signing – he’s definitely a player who is going to do well. They’re desperate for [Daniel] Sturridge to have an injury-free season as he holds a lot of the keys as to how Liverpool will do.”
The 36-year-old, who retired last year, has two spells at Liverpool – playing for us during both the 2006-07 season and the 2011-12 season, scoring nine goals during both campaigns and helping us finish third and eighth respectively.
He also expressed his belief that Philippe Coutinho is our best player. The little wizard scored with a wonderful solo effort on the first day of the season as we beat Stoke City and came close to snatching us a victory away at Arsenal – hitting the woodwork on two occasions.
“For me though the star man at the moment is Philippe Coutinho – everything goes through him at the moment,” Bellamy continued. “For Benteke and Sturridge to have good seasons, a lot is going to have come from Coutinho. There will be a lot on him but he is one of the stars of the Premier League.”