Former Liverpool striker tips Rodgers to emulate Dalglish & Paisley!

Craig Bellamy

Former Liverpool star Craig Bellamy has claimed that the current roster are matching the on-pitch majesty of the all-conquering side of the 70s.

"A lot of the fans have grown up watching that type of football; Liverpool would always, when they didn't have the ball, get it back very quickly," said Craig Bellamy to the club's official website when comparing and contrasting Liverpool's former great teams to the one currently entertaining 48,000 fans at Anfield - and even more around the world.

"They had high energy doing that and when they had the ball, they would keep it. That's why Liverpool were so successful for long periods," the Welshman, 34, noted. "This team now is the closest I've seen to that."

Of all the selections fielded from the last table-topping Liverpool team of 1990, including the Champions League winning side of 2005, it is Brendan Rodgers' current Reds who most resemble the legendary Kop teams of decades past - that is the stellar assessment of Bellamy, himself a trophy winner with Liverpool having earned the League Cup in 2012.

Bellamy was swift to claim that his statement does not "disrespect" any previous Liverpool players or managers, but wanted to assert his opinion that prolific goal-getting Luis Suarez, attacking playmaker Philippe Coutinho, influential midfield captain Steven Gerrard, shot-stopper Simon Mignolet and still-developing Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson all combine to form a considerable unit.

"Brendan fits what Liverpool have been doing in their most successful periods, 20 to 30 years ago," he added, a clear nod to the managerial, coaching and tactical nous possessed by Kenny Dalglish, Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly. "I get so excited watching Liverpool… especially after last Sunday.

"I just feel this is such a great opportunity for Liverpool now to really establish themselves, and hopefully go on and not just win a title, but kick on from there and dominate for a number of years."

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