‘Shut up and do what you’re told’ – Man City training match led to Liverpool transfer

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy was notoriously a bit of a hothead in his playing days.

Caught in a series of bitter disputes and controversies during his 18-year playing career, his most famous altercation saw him infamously drunkenly swing at Reds teammate John Arne Riise with a golf club in the early hours of a training trip in the Algarve, after the pair had fallen out out earlier in the day.

That exchange helped end the Wales international’s first stay at Anfield after just one season, when he was sold to West Ham United in a £7.5m deal in the summer of 2007. Manager Rafa Benitez would eventually tell the forward that he was free. to leave the club on the plane back after their 2007 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan, informing Bellamy that he would sign a new striker with Liverpool’s own club-record signing of Fernando Torres pushing him further down the pecking order.

However, Bellamy was back at Anfield just four years later when he was re-signed by Kenny Dalglish on a free transfer from Man City. Another fall out, this time with manager Roberto Mancini, saw the Welshman frozen out at the Etihad and opened the door to his Reds return.

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Banished by the Italian after a training ground row saw him sent home, Bellamy would spend the 2010/11 season on loan at boyhood club Cardiff City before belatedly securing a free transfer to Liverpool on transfer deadline day in August 2011.

Yet such a move came after City had spent the summer refusing to cancel his contract, and were ruled out of the first team for the entirety of pre-season as he was placed with the reserves.

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