Van Basten: Babel should have stayed in Holland

Former Dutch international player and manager Marco van Basten has hit out at Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez’s treatment of winger Ryan Babel, accusing the Spaniard of committing a "mortal sin."

The former Ajax speedster has featured regularly as a late substitute for the Reds this season, brought on to threaten a tiring opposition with his pace.   However, he has rarely figured in the first XI under Benitez - starting just six Premier League matches in 2008/09 and making 17 substitute appearances - and recently revealed following the Merseysiders' epic 4-4 Champions League draw with Chelsea that: “With this supporting role, I am not happy.”

And now the 22-year-old has been backed by Dutch icon Van Basten, who believes Babel should have stayed in Holland playing regularly in the Eredivisie, rather than be left to rot on the bench in England.

“If you look at Ryan Babel it is a mortal sin he now sits on the bench at Liverpool,” he said in the Daily Star Sunday.

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