Liverpool’s Riise: I want Bellamy to stay

He told the News of the World: “He is a great player and we all want great players at this club. He always works very hard for the team.

“It is not up to me to decide what the future is for Craig at Liverpool. My job is to focus myself on what I am doing for the team. But I would like to see him stay here. It was destiny that it should be me and Bellamy whose scored the goals.

“We both had a tough week after Portugal but we had the courage to put all the problems behind us.

“Craig and I are men. We are both mature. We are both team players.

“We spoke about what happened but the important thing was we agreed we could put it behind us and we are happy.

“To score against Barcelona was great but we did it for the team not for ourselves. You could see from our celebrations that we are good team-mates. We both stood together.

“The spirit is strong between us. We knew everyone would expect us to fail after what happened in Portugal. But it wasn’t about John Arne Riise or Craig Bellamy. It was a victory for Liverpool FC.”