Liverpool’s Gerrard: Bellamy is a big part of the club

He told the People: “Craig has been playing well, not just in the Nou Camp but for a while.

“He had a difficult time at the start after his move here and it took a bit of time to settle.

“But in his last five or six games he’s been looking really sharp and is causing teams problems.

“He hasn’t been down about what’s happened and, in fact, the whole episode has definitely brought us all together.

“People were looking for problems in Barcelona after Portugal but there weren’t any.

“Now we just have to finish the job and get to the quarter-finals.”