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Liverpool star must realise actions speak louder than words

FanCast guest columnist
Tom Parsons feels it is time Ryan Babel did his talking on the pitch.

certainly won't be the first time that Liverpool has been a victim of lost in
translation and it appears we may have been taken in again, with regards to
Ryan Babel.

Dutchman is adamant that he didn't make any claims that he wished to join Ajax
on loan and it was all in fact made up.

"I didn't say any of those things,

"I did an interview in Holland and I don't know who in England got hold
of it but it was the worst translation I have ever seen,

"The fact is I'm very happy here and I don't want to leave to go
anywhere. I just want to concentrate on playing,

"Yes, there is a lot of competition for places at Liverpool but that's
the same at every top club. It was like that when I was at Ajax and that isn't
a problem for me,

"I heard about what was being reported when I was away
with Holland. When I got back to Liverpool I went straight to the manager and
told him it wasn't true. He accepted that and there is no problem."

I have to say that I am not entirely convinced
by Babel's denial and there seemed a lot of smoke, to what was a supposed
non-existent fire.

Why he has taken so long to set the record
straight, given that international duty was some two weeks ago, only he'll will
know, but I am sure that Rafa was the driving force behind it. I have always
felt that talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words and Babel for me
has a lot to prove to he is worthy of a Liverpool shirt and deserves to play
for our football club.

Tomorrow represents a good opportunity to do
this, when we take on Leeds United. I have to confess that it was the Carling
Cup fixture last season against Tottenham where I lost my patience with him, as
his lack of effort and general poor attitude suggested that he didn't have the
stomach for it and no intention of wanting to fight for a first team place – I
have to confess that I have hardly been convinced by his performances since;
however I'll be prepared to give him one last chance on the back of his
statement today. Babel though is running out of chances and we will see in the
coming weeks whether he is prepared to fight for his place. I doubt the Echo
have misconstrued his words here with this statement, so let's see if the
Dutchman is as good as his word.

Article title: Liverpool star must realise actions speak louder than words

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