Friends Of Liverpool

Following Ryan Babel’s stupid red card in our defeat to Benifica, I am really wondering just what is the point in having this young man at our club.
When he was signed as a Liverpool player for £11.5 million three years ago, he was supposed to be the biggest new player to emerge from Ajax and Holland.
However, he has abysmally failed to deliver on his promise since joining the Reds.
I would have opted for Ryston Drenthe from that Dutch under-21 team that did so well in reaching the World under 20’s quarter-finals in 2005 instead.
Babel has been given chance after chance by Rafa Benitez but has repeatedly failed to deliver for Liverpool.
Yes, he has scored the occasional good goal for us, but for the most part he has been less than effective in a Liverpool shirt.
The final straw, for me came with his sending off against Benifica on Thursday night.
He needlessly got himself sent off by repeatedly pushing the face off a Benefia defender who had scythed down Fernando Torres.
Babel should have known better than to risk getting sent off and putting his team in jeopardy, but that is what happened and we eventually lost the game with only ten players on the pitch.
This is the latest in a long line of transgressions by the Dutchman, with numerous outbursts on Twitter and Facebook from him complaining about being left out of the team.
I think the time has come to drop him from the team in favour of the industrious Israeli Yossi Benayoun, who hasn’t had a good time of it this lately due to niggling injuries.
He is fit now and I would hope that Benitez will pick him from now until the end of the season.
And in the summer transfer window, take the first offer we can get for Babel.

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