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Gerrard ripped into Bellamy during the Welshman's second spell at Anfield, which came after some heated words were exchanged with boss Kenny Dalglish following a game.
Downing spoke about how the former England skipper well and truly put Bellamy in his place as he recalled this memorable incident.
He told the Under the Cosh podcast: "You listen to things about Bellers [Bellamy] but my brother-in-law knows him quite well and he said, 'Bellers is what he is, he's harmless, he picks on people and that'.
"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.
"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 thinking, 'wow'."
The incident came during what was a disappointing 2011/12 season for Liverpool, as the Reds finished down in eighth and a huge 37 points behind champions Manchester City.
There was further disappointment in the FA Cup Final as well, after a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. But the Reds did win the Carling Cup to secure European football for the following season.
Bellamy claimed 9 goals and 7 assists across 37 appearances across all competitions that season, before leaving the club again in August 2012 to join boyhood club Cardiff City.
He spent almost two years with the Bluebirds before announcing his retirement, after the conclusion of the 2013/14 campaign.
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