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Reds duo: 'It was our destiny'

Liverpool hero Craig Bellamy admitted he was 'gob-smacked' after the Reds overcame a turbulent week to defeat champions Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Nou Camp.

Deco had given Barca a 14th-minute lead when he headed home Gianluca Zambrotta's cross, but Liverpool hit back to stun the reigning champions.

Bellamy headed in Liverpool's equaliser just before the break before the Welshman set up John Arne Riise to power home the Reds' winner 16 minutes from time.

Reports suggested last weekend that Bellamy and Riise fell out at a training camp but Bellamy said: 'It doesn't bother me, I just try to get on with things.

'Today it was a great result but it's only half-time and at Anfield, it will be a completely different game.

'As good as the result is, there is still a long way to go,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'I'm still gob-smacked. Just coming to the Nou Camp today was unreal. It's my boy's 10th birthday today so it's special.

'There has been no problem (in the squad), we've trained all week. We all know how strict the gaffer is; if there was a big problem, I wouldn't be here.'

Riise confirmed that there was no ill-feeling between himself and the Wales striker.

He said: 'It was destiny for both of us I think. Both Bellamy and myself have had a difficult run-up [to the game] but we've put it behind us.

'The team is happy. We're going to enjoy this. We put this [training camp incident] behind us very early and we worked hard for the team and we'll move forward.'

The Norwegian full-back also praised manager Rafael Benitez for masterminding a famous win for the Reds.

'The boss, tactically, is one of the best around.

'It's a big lead to take [to Anfield] but we know they can score away from home. But we won this game and if we don't lose at home we are through.'

Benitez said: 'The atmosphere between the players has been very good, and you can see today how they worked hard for the team and the supporters.'

'I am very pleased for Bellamy to score his goal and also pleased for the team,'' he added.

'When we can win here at the Nou Camp, I am very happy.

'But at the end of the day, we have got to play another game.'