Liverpool's Craig Bellamy 'won't celebrate' if he scores against Cardiff City in the League Cup final at Wembley

The Welsh International is looking to win his first piece of silverware in England when the Reds take on his hometown club at the weekend
Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy insists he will not celebrate if he scores against former club Cardiff City, after being declared fit for the League Cup final this weekend.

The Welsh striker has yet to win any silverware in England but, after having an injection to ease a back problem that forced him to sit out Liverpool's 6-1 FA Cup thrashing of Brighton, Bellamy has now linked up with his team mates ahead of the trip to Wembley.

And he insists that, should he score in the showpiece, he would show respect to his hometown club.

“I certainly won’t celebrate. I have no aspirations towards celebrating at all,” he told reporters.

“It will be strange situation as it’s the first time I’ve ever played against them. It’s not something I’m looking forward to doing, to be honest. My father’s a big Cardiff fan and it’s the club I used to go to when I was very young.

“I tried not to celebrate against Manchester City, in the semi-final – I tried to hold myself back. But in the occasion and the moment you get a little bit carried away."

Bellamy, who is in his second spell on Merseyside, could have faced cup final heartache after the injury to his back sustained during the FA Cup 4th round tie against Manchester United.

But, after being declared fit to feature following a pain-killing injection, he is now looking to earn a place in the starting line-up.

“My back spasmed up after I came on against Manchester United and it just got a little bit worse during the week instead of improving,”. Bellamy said.

“The manager said ‘look, if you need an injection then get it done now because we have a lot of games coming up. It’s such a busy period, so get it sorted just in case.

“I started training on Thursday, so I’m fine at the moment.”

Although Bellamy has yet to win a major honour in English football, he is adamant that even if he failed to add to his SPL and Scottish Cup wins whilst at Celtic, he would still deem his career a success.

He continued: “I’ve had a great career. Is my career defined by trophies? No. I’m very fortunate to play this game, I’ve achieved more than I set out to achieve.

"I know people might not understand when I say that I’m not a failure if I don’t win trophies. Far from it. I’ve gone in with that attitude over the last few months and it’s amazing I’ve got through to a final straight away. I’m going to carry on that approach."

With his club Liverpool the clear favourites against Championship opposition, Bellamy says he will not lose any sleep over missing out on the League Cup to the club he watched on the terraces as a boy.

"I set one ambition in my life to play for Cardiff, and I was able to do that. Now, if I’m involved, I’ll be able to play against them in what is a great occasion for this club and an incredible occasion for Cardiff City,” he said.

“That makes it a great final. Football is so unpredictable – I didn’t think I would ever be playing a cup final against Cardiff, and now it’s just about to happen.

“And I’m relaxed about it. Honestly. If I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. I will not lose one second of sleep over it. Not one."

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