Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has revealed his frustration at playing so few games for Rafael Benitez's side this season, claiming he is not being given the chance to prove himself. The Dutch international has featured regularly as a late substitute, brought on to threaten a tiring opposition with his pace. However, he has rarely featured in the first XI under the Spaniard, starting just six Premier League matches in 2008/09, making 17 substitute appearances. And Babel, who came on for the final five minutes of the Reds' 4-4 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday night said: “With this supporting role, I am not happy.” The winger has been criticised by pundits and fans alike for his failure to track back and defend, however the flying Dutchman believes that he has worked on his defensive game. “I have had three good talks with the trainer this season in which he indicated that I could not lose sight of the defensive aspect," he said. "It is my feeling that I have strongly improved, but still I get no real chance.” Babel joined Liverpool from Ajax for £11.5 million in 2007, and has scored 13 goals in 87 appearances for the Reds. LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter
15 April 2009
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