Craig Bellamy
Bellamy thinks the Liverpool squad are looking good. REUTERS

Craig Bellamy believes that the current Liverpool outfit are second to none, with the striker claiming that the side are close to being up there with the best, despite results not going their way.

Bellamy was one of many purchases for a new-look Reds squad since Kenny Dalglish took over, and while the club had aimed for Champions League qualification next season, they are currently sitting ten points away from a top four spot.

But with the 2012 Carling Cup now in their trophy cabinet, confidence is high that even if Liverpool don't challenge on Europe's top stage next season, they are moving in the right direction.

"Talking as a Liverpool fan and not as a player, this is a good Liverpool team," he told the club's official website. "Sitting on the bench, I was a spectator for the Arsenal game and whenever I watch this team I like what I see.

"We played some great football. But we didn't make it count last Saturday and unfortunately a lot of games have been like that.

"We haven't got the results in the league this season that a lot of our play has deserved.

"I think the personnel are here. It's just fine margins - we're that close. We won the Carling Cup, we're still in the FA Cup and we've still got plenty to play for in the league. That's not a bad season.

"There's a lot to be positive about."

Liverpool face Sunderland away this weekend, and desperately need to take three points from the match if they hope to keep their slim hopes for a top four finish alive.