Babel eyes Ajax loan move

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has hit out at the Liverpool hierarchy for doubling back on an apparent promise to play him more regularly, and is now seeking a loan move away from Anfield.

The 22-year-old has made 57 league appearances for the Merseysiders since arriving from Ajax in 2007.

However, the majority of his outings have been as a substitute, and with next summer's World Cup in South Africa on the horizon, the Dutchman is keen to establish himself as a first-team regular in order to maximise his chances of being picked for the global showpiece.

But having been allegedly promised more minutes this season, and starting the Reds' league opener in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the wideman has only featured as a late replacement against Aston Villa since.

And as a result, Babel says he would be willing to depart on loan in January in order to gain regular action ahead of the World Cup.

"There have been a lot of things promised but they haven't been followed up," he told De Telegraaf.

"I would get to play for more minutes and have more chances, but after the first defeat, I only lost my place.

"I think half a season at Ajax with a view to the World Cup wouldn't be a bad idea. I can add something to the Ajax squad."