Official: Liverpool re-sign Craig Bellamy from Manchester City on a two-year deal

Wales international returns to Anfield in search of first-team football after several years in Manchester and a year back home at Cardiff City

Liverpool have confirmed Craig Bellamy has re-signed for the club as he leaves Manchester City on a free transfer.

The Welsh forward returns to Anfield on a two-year contract after 30 months as a City player, a spell in which he fell victim to the owner’s spending power as new signings took his place in the squad.

Bellamy was heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad before signing the contract with Liverpool as City needed to offload players in order to lower their wage budget and streamline their squad.

The forward was allowed to leave the Wales training camp Wednesday with the view to completing a transfer and whilst the details of his contract are not fully disclosed, it was reported he wouldn’t settle for anything less than his current deal of £90,000 at the Blues.

The Wales international spent last season on-loan at his home-town club Cardiff City and made 36 league appearances as the bluebirds reached the play-offs.

Upon his return to Liverpool, the former Norwich City man was assigned the number 39 shirt, the same one he wore in his previous spell at the club.