Date: 22nd September 2006 at 1:28pm
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Former Newcastle United striker Craig Bellamy has been backed by his Liverpool manager, as he came under attack from Newcastle coach Terry McDermott who blamed him for the tunnel bust-up at Anfield. Benitez said: ‘It wasn’t important. One or two seconds. You could hear shouts but nothing important. For me it was nothing. Some shouting and nothing else.’

‘Off the pitch, I promise you, talking with him, Craig is really focused, more mature, and at this moment he is a perfect example for the rest of the players. His training every day is fantastic and I cannot say anything bad about him.

‘I don’t worry about the history with Craig. When you sign a player you like to know everything about him if possible and in this case I knew about these things.’