It seems that Ryan Babel will no longer be a Liverpool player as he has flown out to Germany to discuss personal terms and have a medical with Hoffenheim after Liverpool agreed to sell the player for a fee thought to be £5.8m. However Babel’s agent Winnie Haatrecht says the move will only happen if he is unable secure a return to former club Ajax. ”Hoffenheim will only be an option if Ryan isn’t allowed to go on loan to Ajax or they do not want him,” he said.
So Babel will either be a Hoffenheim or Ajax player very soon. It is a pity that Babel will be leaving Liverpool after he arrived with so much promise. We spent £10m on him and he never quite delivered. Some would say he was not given a fair crack at regular first team football by Rafa and Roy. I guess we will never know but what we do know is that he simply was not good enough during his spell at Liverpool.
Thank you for your time at Liverpool Ryan and we wish you all the best in your future career. As we look back at Babel’s time at Liverpool, there were some moments that stick out: His goal against Lyon in last seasons Champions League Group Stage which gave us hope of qualifying. The goal was a screamer that caught us all off guard. And what of his goal in 2008 against Manchester United which was the winner? But maybe for the majority of us we will remember him for his tweets on Twitter! Most recently the posting of Howard Webb’s picture in a Manchester United shirt and his tweet about Rafa not giving him enough game time.