It was on again off again in the days leading up to the end of the window, but as the clock ticked down it was nearly as poor a secret as Sebastian Coates' arrival: Craig Bellamy was returning to Liverpool on a free from Manchester City. It's official now, with the player passing his medical and putting pen to paper on a two year deal that will see him back at the club he left in controversial fashion and still in his familiar number 39 shirt. As long as he can fit in with the current Liverpool squad, the pacy striker should be a useful utility attacker, able to fill in just about anywhere across the front similar to the way Dirk Kuyt currently does. And so we'll all be crossing our fingers that the only people getting a rough ride because of his return will be opposing defenses.
In other news, an hour before the window closed word leaked out that Raul Meireles had submitted a written transfer request in an attempt to force through the move to Chelsea that Liverpool had previously turned down out of hand. At present it isn't clear what course of action the club will take, but with time running out at least we should find out soon.
For the time being, though, we'll try to be happy about the arrival of another attacker to suppliment Suarez, Kuyt, and Carroll, and hope for more goals than golf clubs (you knew it was coming).