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Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has stated that the Liverpool players should take responsibilities for their current form.
Indeed the Anfield side has made an average start to the season and has conceded nine goals so far.
This has prompted many pundits to criticize the defence for not being good enough.
However, Ryan Babel believes that it is the players that are not taking responsibilities. He said that he could understand that the side may have trouble against the better team in the Premier League because of their defence but the players do not appear to give their best on the field. He said that as a player you should be ready to fight for your team and he does not see the Liverpool players doing just that at the moment.
In spite of the bright future that Ryan Babel appeared to have during his youth, he could never really live up to the expectations as the Dutch footballer made his way through various clubs around Europe but failed to become a world-class performer.
The biggest club that Ryan Babel joined in terms of trophies won was Liverpool which he signed for back on July of 2007 for a fee of around €12 million.
In 4 seasons, the Dutch footballer made 90 appearances and scored 12 goals as well as went on to receive various fines for his actions on and outside of the pitch.
During that period of time spent in Anfield wearing the Liverpool jersey, no piece of silverware could be lifted and he was eventually offloaded to the German outfit 1899 Hoffenheim.
Babel’s journey throughout a number of different clubs continued on but he failed to really make a mark and after just 1 or 2 seasons, he was always leaving or joining another team.
There was a point in time, when Ryan Babel said that it’s because of the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez that he failed to develop himself as a world-class player as the Dutch player said:
When Wesley Sneijder formed the integral part of the squad that handed Inter Milan the treble 7 years ago, few would have imagined him playing for a club like Galatasaray.
It is not as if the club – that can be in its own right said to be part of the giants of Turkey’s version of the beautiful game – is a “hi ho” outfit as such. It is just that given the Dutch man’s well known ability and quality, joining such a side at a time many believed was his prime seemed like an anticlimactic way of managing his talent.
Some quarters though will tell you he was bundled out of Inter as the Nerazzurri looked to young blood that could protect the legacy of the old guard. His exit happened three years after the treble success though and the debate of how obsolete he was set to become especially on the international scene sprang up.
Sneijder had before his exit from Inter, powered the Oranje side of Netherlands to the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup hosted by the rainbow nation of South Africa. He was part of the team that sent the Samba Boys of Brazil back home in the quarter-finals, defeated a Diego Forlan-captained Uruguay in the semis only to fall to arguably the best national side witnessed in the past decade – Spain – in the final.
Ryan Babel was the star of the show during Besiktas UEFA Europa League match against Olympiakos which was played on March 16 of 2017.
The 30 year old Dutch footballer scored twice which helped his team Besiktas securing a 4-1 triumph over Olympiakos and an aggregate scoreboard of 5-2 which was more than enough for Ryan Babel and his team to advance into the quarter-finals of the European competition.
The goal that Ryan Babel scored in this particular UEFA Europa League match was the 1st one that he has ever scored ever since leaving the English Premier League club Liverpool back in January of 2011.
In this particular UEFA Europa League match against Olympiakos, Ryan Babel scored twice and when the match was over, the Dutch player went on to say that he dedicated those goals to Liverpool as he said:
In spite of being one of the most troublesome players from the past decade, Ryan Babel still manages to join clubs and continue performing at a high-level as the Dutch footballer has recently joined Besiktas on a 2 year and a half year deal.
The 30 year old winger is believed to be earning around £3 million during his stay with Besiktas but for a player that has been involved with so many disciplinary issues, it’s rather surprising to see that there still are clubs interested in signing him and to secure his services.
Ryan Babel has consistently been fined and sanctioned in one way or another for some of the actions that he has made throughout his career. The Dutch player had problems during his time in Liverpool, Al Ain and Hoffenheim. He has even gone out to insult one of his previous managers, Rafael Benitez as Ryan Babel stated that it was because of Benitez that he has had so many problems in the past.
According to Babel, one of the biggest reasons of why he could not develop and live up to the expectations that was initially brought up back when Babel was just a youngster and was making waves in the youth academy of Ajax.