This article first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 11th August 2012.
For the second time in five years, Craig Bellamy has left Liverpool after a single season for pastures new. Well, pastures old in this case actually, as he is returning to Cardiff, which is both his home town and a side he has played for previously.
Considering his high wages and injury record, it’s probably no surprise that Liverpool did not stand in his way when he asked to leave. A record of nine goals in thirty-seven appearances (though from only eighteen starts, in fairness) doesn’t appear to be too difficult to replace either.
But Bellamy offered far more to the Reds than merely goals last season, and making up the shortfall in other areas may not be so straightforward.