Bel­lamy: I don’t care if we lose final

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY By SEAN RAFTER

LIVER­POOL striker Craig Bel­lamy in­sists he is not driven by medals and won’t lose any sleep if the Reds are beaten in this week­end’s Car­ling Cup final.

They face Bel­lamy’s home­town club Cardiff, for whom he played last sea­son, but it is not the dream tie for the Wales in­ter­na­tional many would have ex­pected.

And, while the 32-year-old ob­vi­ously wants to win his first ma­jor tro­phy in Eng­land, he says he’s ex­pe­ri­enced enough not to let it bother him.

“Hon­estly if I win I win, if I don’t I don’t. I won’t lose one sec­ond of sleep over it,” he said.

“I’ve had a great ca­reer and en­joyed it but is it de­fined by tro­phies? No – and it never will be.

“I don’t even know where the Scot­tish Cup medal I won in 2005 with Celtic is.

“I try to win ev­ery game I can and I’ve achieved more than I ever set out to.

“I’ll carry on that same ap­proach and if I win, great. But if I don’t I can walk away know­ing I’ve en­joyed it work­ing as hard as I can and giv­ing my all for the team.”

Am­bi­tion

Well-trav­elled Bel­lamy has a host of for­mer clubs but fac­ing Cardiff – the city of his birth – presents a dif­fer­ent prospect.

“It’s a strange sit­u­a­tion,” he added. “It’s some­thing that I’ve re­ally not looked for­ward to do­ing, to be hon­est.

“My fa­ther is a Cardiff fan – it’s the club I used to go to when I was young.

“I had an am­bi­tion in my life and that was to play for them – and I was able to do that – but it’s funny how foot­ball works out.

“It’s a great final, but foot­ball can some­times be very un­pre­dictable.

“I didn’t re­ally look at this and plan on play­ing a cup final against Cardiff, or with them.”

Asked what he would do should he score against the Blue­birds at Wem­b­ley, Bel­lamy said: “I cer­tainly wouldn’t cel­e­brate.

“How­ever, I tried that against Man City in the semi-final, but with the oc­ca­sion and the mo­ment you can get car­ried away!” LIVER­POOL boss Kenny Dal­glish be­lieves a place in the Car­ling Cup final is just re­ward for treat­ing the com­pe­ti­tion with re­spect.

The Reds boss, who has rou­tinely named strong sides even against lower-league op­po­si­tion through­out their run to Wem­b­ley, crit­i­cised other clubs for putting out weak­ened teams.

From the start the Scot tar­geted win­ning the Car­ling Cup as an achiev­able goal and they are within 90 min­utes of com­plet­ing that mis­sion.

Dal­glish be­lieves other clubs have missed an op­por­tu­nity to win the first sil­ver­ware of the sea­son.

“I don’t think the League Cup has re­gained all the cred­i­bil­ity it had in years gone

“We’re grate­ful to all of them, to the own­ers and sup­port­ers and ev­ery­one who has stood by us.”

On Sun­day Dal­glish will lead Liver­pool out in their first final since 2007, and their first ap­pear­ance at Wem­b­ley since 1996 in the days of the old sta­dium, to face Cham­pi­onship side Cardiff.

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