LIVERPOOL striker Dirk Kuyt believes Craig Bellamy has a “big future” at Anfield.
The Holland international was impressed with Bellamy’s man of the match display in Wednesday’s Carling Cup victory at Brighton.
It was the Welshman’s first start since returning to the club on a free transfer from Manchester City.
“It’s good to have him back,” Kuyt said.
“It’s like he’s never been away. He’s a top professional who wants to win every game and help his team-mates.
“He definitely had a big role in the game against Brighton and I think he will have a big future for Liverpool if he keeps playing like this.
“He will be very important for us. Everyone wants to knock on the door and play games regularly.
“It’s good to have competition in the squad. That’s what you need if you want to challenge for trophies.”
Kuyt admits the return to fitness of skipper Steven Gerrard has given all the squad a lift ahead of today’s clash with Wolves at Anfield.
“Everyone has waited a long time for him to come back and it’s great to see,” Kuyt added.
“We’ve trained with him for two weeks and he was ready to get his first minutes.
“I was injured just a few weeks last season and I know how I felt sitting on the side not playing. You can’t help the team, you don’t feel right.
“Everyone saw the smile on his face when he came off against Brighton. I think he enjoyed every minute of it. Everyone knows how important Stevie is for everyone on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel is glad to be back at Anfield following two away defeats for the Reds in the Premier League.
“We always look forward to our home games because there is something special about playing at Anfield,” Skrtel said.
“It’s a great feeling every time we win at home and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.
“The crowd are always behind us and it was special for me to score in our last home game against Bolton.
“We know Wolves have a few good players and they started the season well but if we play like we did against Bolton at Anfield we know we are more than capable of getting the win.”
Skrtel is expected to return to the starting line up today after missing the trip to Brighton due to suspension following his sending off at Tottenham last Sunday.
He added: “We had a bad day at Tottenham. It wasn’t the best performance from the team and myself so we need to put that right.
“I have tried to do my best in training and show the manager I am ready to do a job for him.
“We’ve got five centre-backs now and I think that can only be good for the club and for us because we need to fight for our position and give our best in every training session. That’s the only way we can improve.”
Reds midfielder David Amoo has joined League One outfit Bury on a one-month loan deal.
The 20-year-old, who had loan spells at MK Dons and Hull last season, could make his debut for the Shakers when MK Dons visit Gigg Lane today.
Amoo made one first team appearance for the Reds in a Europa League qualifier against Rabotnicki in July 2010.