Ex-Liverpool man wishes he’d worked with Klopp, not Rafa

Date published: Monday 20th November 2017 10:26

Ryan Babel regrets that he was not managed by Jurgen Klopp during his time at Liverpool.

Babel spent four years at Liverpool after joining in 2007, and scored 22 goals in 146 appearances.

The Dutchman was signed by Rafael Benitez, and was also managed by Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish during his time at Anfield.

Now with Turkish side Besiktas, the 30-year-old wishes he had been managed on Merseyside by Klopp.

“Liverpool is my club,” he told Sky Sports. “I try to follow every game. I still support them, I wish them all the best.

“Judging from the outside I think the current Liverpool manager definitely seems to work with his players and try to improve them.

“I think the 20-year-old me from that time, if I could have been managed under Jurgen Klopp, I’d have benefitted.

“As far as I can judge, English football is not for everybody. You need to have the lungs for it, you need to have the strength for it. That applies to me also, at this point I don’t think I could survive in any team if it’s not for my game.

“I liked mostly to play football on the ground and have a little bit of playing tactics rather than just up and down, long balls and second balls. That’s not really my game.

“If there isn’t a team that plays my type of game I don’t think I could make a big difference. I have to be realistic.”


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