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The Dutch winger's current plight at Anfield is a 'mortal sin', according to the former Holland and AC Milan great...

Former Holland manager Marco van Basten gave voice to very strong feelings concerning Ryan Babel, specifically pertaining to his continued inability to force himself into Liverpool's starting lineup.

Van Basten suggested the 22-year-old, who made a £11.5 million switch from Ajax in 2007, is wasting away at Anfield as a consequence of leaving his homeland too early

“If you look at Ryan Babel it is a mortal sin he now sits on the bench at Liverpool,” van Basten told the Daily Star Sunday. “He went too soon.

“He was playing well in Holland and for the Under-21s but now he has taken a step backwards.”

Babel recently suggested that he may look elsewhere for regular first-team football after admitting to becoming frustrated over his lack of playing time. The jet-heeled winger has made only six Premier League starts this season for the title hopefuls this season, supplemented by 17 appearances from the bench.

Derek Wanner,