Saturday, November 14, 2009

Babel claims he is happy at Anfield

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has dismissed reports that he is looking to leave the club in January.

Babel has struggled to hold down a regular place in Rafa Benitez's plans, making just two starts in the Premier League this term.

While the 22-year-old is keen to be playing more regularly as he looks to seal a place in Bert van Marwijk's Holland squad for next summer's World Cup finals, he insists he does not want to make a move away from Anfield in search of more first-team action.

"He [van Marwijk] wants players to be playing at their club to get a chance to go to the World Cup so that's also for me what I try to reach and work every day very hard," Babel told Sky Sports News

"Liverpool are a very good team everybody knows that and I am proud to be part of Liverpool."

Meanwhile Babel believes Liverpool's current slump in form - with the side winning just one of their last nine games in all competitions - is down to bad luck.

The Reds drew 2-2 with Birmingham last time out but Babel believes they would have won the game with ease with a bit of luck.

"If you anyalyse the last game [against Birmingham] we had enough chances to win by three or four goals and we failed to score more than two," noted Babel.

"In the end we drew and I think maybe just that little bit of luck isn't there."

Liverpool's UEFA Champions League hopes are also hanging by a thread with the Reds needing Lyon do them a favour against Fiorentina if they are to reach the knockout stages.

But Babel, who scored in the draw with Lyon in the last European outing, remains hopeful Liverpool can beat the odds to qualify for the next phase.

"Maybe it is not best situation, but we still have confidence," added Babel.

"We have chances to qualify so we go for it."

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