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Liverpool and Newcastle hero doesn’t believe in Reds’ top four hopes

Former Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle United forward Craig Bellamy does not believe the Reds’ summer business will see them return to the Champions League, reports the Express.

The Welshman, who represented the Reds during two spells between 2006-07 and 2011-12, believes the Anfield club ‘will just miss out.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers has constructed a huge squad turnover during the off-season, seeing the likes of Christian Benteke, James Milner and Roberto Firmino arrive on Merseyside.

Further additions of Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings have totalled the summer spending to a gargantuan £78.4m.

Eight players departed, the most high profile being England winger Raheem Sterling in a sensational £49m swoop by Manchester City that saw the 20-year old become the most expensive Englishman of all time.

However, Bellamy thinks the club will ‘just miss out’ on their top four objective, and doesn’t envisage ‘a season like two years ago’, where the club finished 2nd in a thrilling title race with the Etihad outfit.

The former Wales captain praised the addition of Christian Benteke, a £32.5m signing from Aston Villa – insisting the striker ‘is definitely a player who is going to do well.’

He also lauded Daniel Sturridge, who is on the comeback trail following an extensive period on the injury table – believing the former Chelsea man ‘holds a lot of keys as to how Liverpool will do.’

The Reds currently sit in 7th position, facing off against rivals Manchester United on September 12th in a huge Premier League clash.

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