Date: 16th April 2009 at 6:52am
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Ryan Babel has come out and said he is not happy with his role at Liverpool of always having to come off the bench. Here we go again, another player who is complaining!! All too often today, players are not happy with being left out of the squad. Babel has only started 6 Premiership games this season and he feels he deserves more. You can understand where the Dutchman is coming from but does he really deserve to start more games for us?

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I believe Babel has bags of talent and he is going to improve as he gets older. He is still relatively young and has a lot to learn. His displays this season on the left wing have been overshadowed by those of Albert Riera who for me is a better option on the wing than Babel. I have always said that I prefer to see Babel come off the bench as an impact player but clearly he does not like that role.

Would I be sad to see Babel go? Yes I would because I believe he is a guy who could get better and become a critical part of our team. Right now we need him as a squad player but he does not want that. There are times he has been called upon to lead the line upfront but he does not look like a natural goalscorer to me. He looks more effective when he cuts in from the left and crosses the ball or takes a shot.

I wonder how Rafa will react to this? Will he be tempted to offload Babel? Remember Rafa refused to let Babel go back to Ajax on loan in January so surely Rafa sees a future for Babel at Liverpool? But if Rafa can get back the £11.5m he spent on Babel then I think he may be tempted to cash in on him.