Steven Gerrard once blasted Craig Bellamy with an X-rated rant causing him to “melt”.
Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing shed light on the incident which saw Reds’ legend Gerrard lose his cool.
Gerrard, who was renowned for his leadership skills, put Bellamy in his place after the Welshman spoke out against then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
The outspoken winger, who had two spells at Anfield, saw his Liverpool career shrouded in controversy after he assaulted teammate John Arne Riise with a golf club.
Bellamy was there for one year before departing in 2007 only to return four years later after Dalglish convinced him to re-join.
Now it has been revealed by Downing that former Liverpool captain Gerrard once tore into Bellamy after the Welshman kicked off for being left on the bench.
“You listen to things about Bellers [Bellamy] but my brother-in-law knows him quite well and he said to me, ‘Bellers is what he is, he’s harmless, he picks on people and that’,” Downing told the Undr the Cosh podcast.
“Class player, I always got on well with him he was great but I always remember one day… when someone gets a dressing down and melts… he melted. And he’d probably tell you.
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“He had a go at Kenny [Dalglish] at full-time after a game. He was on the bench and he came on and he was saying, ‘you should have played me from the start cause I’m quick’ and Kenny was like ‘shut your mouth and sit down’.
“Steven Gerrard – I have probably seen him lose his head like twice since I’ve known him – came over and he has given it to Bellers, ‘shut your f***ing mouth’.
“He gave him a dressing down and he just melted. I’ve never seen a man melt like that.
“You know what Bellers is like, he’s funny but he was stuttering about and I just looked at him like wow.
“Stevie can be intimidating. He’d watch people sort of build up and he had an explosion in him every now and then.
“He had watched Bellers sort of giving young players it over a couple weeks of training, what he does is he stores things and watches and then, boom, gives you a tirade.”
Bellamy, whose career was littered with high-profile incidents, netted 18 goals in his 79 Liverpool appearances spread over two one-year stints at the club.
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