Babel ready for Liverpool exit
The Dutch international moved to Merseyside in 2007 but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Benitez’s starting line-up despite making a bright start to his Liverpool career.
Babel scored 10 goals in 47 appearances during his first season but has since found his chances limited and looks destined to leave the five-time European champions during the upcoming transfer window.
The 22-year-old has started just three games this term and has confessed he is not prepared to sit patiently on the bench any longer.
“We [Babel and Benitez] have agreed to look at my situation during the winter,” Babel said in The Sun.
“If there’s no improvement then, I have to be honest, I want to play somewhere else.
“Isn’t it unbelievable that in my first year I got chosen as Talent of the Year? And a season later I hardly play and without getting a proper chance.”
Babel revealed he has already held discussions with the Liverpool boss regarding his limited first-team opportunities as the winger hopes to keep his place in the Holland squad ahead of the World Cup.
The Dutchman represented his country at last summer’s Olympics and he believes that may have played a small part in why he is being overlooked at the present time.
“I have tried to talk to the manager but it isn’t of any use," he said.
“I don’t know if it has anything to do with my little trip to the Olympics. I know the manager wanted me to stay.
“I really don’t believe he is trying to get back at me. Every time me or my agent have a chat with him he stresses I can’t leave and believes in me. We have to trust he is telling the truth. Saying it is different to showing it.”
The former Ajax starlet came off the bench to hit a rasping 30-yard effort in Liverpool’s recent Champions League fixture at Lyon.
However, Babel’s celebrations were notably muted as the speedster continues to struggle to impress Benitez and force his way into the starting line-up.
“I don’t play a lot so I can’t be happy and I can’t cheer out loud," he added.
“Certain emotions are blocked, they are pushed back by all the worries I carry with me.”
Despite his lack of football, Babel has vowed to fight for his place in Liverpool’s first-team as the Reds look to revive their season after a desperate start on both home and European fronts.
“Sometimes I wonder how long I can sustain it but I will fight for my position – what else can I do?
“I have shown I can do it plenty of times. I know I could be further in my career but if nobody helps you, if they don’t make it easier for you, then it is difficult.”