The Welshman spent an ill-fated spell at the Merseyside club in 2006-07, and has revealed that he was not comfortable under Rafa Benitez’s guidance.
“Sometimes it’s not quite as romantic as we all like to make it out to be,” Bellamy told The Telegraph.
“I was in the office speaking to Rafa, speaking about certain things and it didn’t feel right. If it was not Liverpool FC, I wouldn’t have signed. I didn’t feel right about the positions I was going to be used in and thought I was being signed because I was the right price at the right time.
“I do go on instinct and my gut feeling, and that was a time when I went against it. I ended up signing just for one reason, because it was Liverpool. I just thought we were on different wavelengths to what I felt I was as a player and how I would be involved at Liverpool. We were two different people on the way Liverpool should go about their business. But he was the manager – he had his own views.
“This now feels right. This is everything I wanted from the first time I was here. I’d never sound negative to Rafa or Gerard Houllier because they were outstanding for the club, but this was what I grew up with.
“I watched Liverpool towards the end of last year, I watched the way they were playing, and this is what I’ve supported, the pass and moving, the free-flowing football. How Liverpool go about their business now feels like how it must have been in the past. To me, this feels like Liverpool again, and the opportunity to be a part of that was just too big of a deal to turn down,” he concluded.
Bellamy played a part in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday, and will be motivated to take on former club Manchester City this weekend.
By Gareth McKnight