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The Welshman, at times a controversial character, believes he has a more relaxed and mature approach on the pitch ahead of the Reds League Cup final against his former side

Craig Bellamy has claimed his more volatile days are behind him and that Liverpool have a calmer and more committed attacker in the squad as a result.

The Reds travel to Wembley on Sunday to face Cardiff City in their League Cup final since 1996.

Bellamy is adamant that his attitude is of a placid nature nowadays and insists he puts his all into his performances in a Liverpool shirt.

“I am aware of the people I need to surround myself with and have more of a focal point of where I want to be in my life and how I want to be as a person,” the Welshman told reporters on Friday.

“Football is a complete hobby and I enjoy myself every day. I used to think I was obsessed but I am truly committed to my sport.

“I am committed to the club and the profession I am in and by doing that I give myself the best opportunity to be able to play well on a Saturday.

“When I go out I don't think about scoring or anything else apart from trying my hardest.

“If anything comes off then great. If it doesn't I can walk off truly knowing I have given my all and if someone was better then great.

“Going with that approach every day in training and in life has just clicked, it has made a difference.

“I have been able to control so many different things in my performance and the football looks after itself - it is a nice feeling every day.

“It has been eventful because it has all been in practice in training, taking weeks, not yelling when someone gives the ball away.

The 32-year-old also claims that he no longer lets media speculation affect him after accepting that he will not start every game for the Anfield outfit.

He added: “When you are young you are always pushing for a point to prove and you listen to the media more – 'Bellamy dropped' – and it hits you.

“I have realised that isn't usually the case and I believe in myself.

“Honestly, I feel so comfortable in myself at the moment that even if I wasn't on the bench it wouldn't mean too much to me because it would be someone else's opportunity.”

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