The Dutch forward believes he has to be greedier if he is to establish himself in Liverpool's first XI...Ryan Babel was initially regarded as one of the hottest properties in Europe when he lit up the Eredivisie, and even Arsene Wenger was believed to be a firm admirer before he was eventually transferred to Liverpool.
Babel has failed to translate his form in the Dutch league over to England, scoring just 13 times from 83 appearances, and has oft been utilised high up on the flank, as opposed to a central role, where he is considered more effective by some pundits.
The 22-year-old today explained to Setanta Sports how he feels he can up his game and finally begin to exert his style within the Premier League for a top club like Liverpool
When asked what he could improve, the Netherlands international replied, “To be more dangerous in front of goal.
"Right now, there are too many times when I can go for goal myself that I pass the ball to another [player] to try to give an assist. At the end, if I watch the game back, I think, ‘Hey, I could go for [goal] myself.'
"I still believe I can be a striker but, if you want to be a striker, you have to think more about yourself and that's why you are a striker.
"So I think that's a part I have to learn more, to be more greedy. It's a process and I'm confident that it will come.”
Alan Dawson, Goal.com
Ryan Babel's Liverpool experience has been recently compared to Thierry Henry's time at Juventus. Goal.com's Mike Maguire's discourse can be found here.