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Babel needs to step (the kucF) up !

Rory Fitzgerald

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Rafa Benitez fired a blunt message to Ryan Babel yesterday, warning him time is running out to salvage his Liverpool future after his £11.5million move from Ajax two years ago.


Ahead of Monday's home game with Aston Villa, Benitez said:

'Ryan has to give something to us this time and he knows it. He will have opportunities to prove himself with so many games coming up, but it is important he has the right mentality. Maybe there were some problems adapting to a new style when he arrived as a young player. He knows what is going on here now and hopefully can perform better. He accepts he has to perform at a different level this year.'


Daily Mail






Deprived of the transfer funds he so desperately needed to bolster his squad, Rafa Benitez has instead challenged Ryan Babel to fill the void in Liverpool’s attack which many of the club’s fans had hoped would be filled by a glamorous, multi-million pound signing.


Babel himself, of course, did not come cheap, arriving just days before Fernando Torres for a fee of £13.5 million and bearing a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe. In his two years at Anfield, though, the Dutch international has flattered to deceive. Glimpses of his gifts in his first campaign gave way to stagnation in his second. Anything but progress in his third is likely to herald the end of his Liverpool career.


“Ryan knows he has to perform this year at a different level,” said Benitez, denied a move for David Silva by Liverpool’s financial woes. “He has to give something this year. He is really focused and wants to improve, and you could see that from the first day of pre-season training. Sometimes players, especially Dutch players, need more time, but now he knows what is going on here.”




Has to be said though, the difference in the reporting is stark. The message is simple, lets step it up but the Mail does not include the softening language that Rafa used to coax Babel instead it looks like a great big stick !

Edited by Rory Fitzgerald
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