Liverpool winger Ryan Babel admits he may have to consider a loan move to former club Ajax in January to boost his World Cup hopes.
Babel has struggled to make a sustained impact since joining Liverpool from Ajax two years ago and was recently challenged to take his game up a level by manager Rafa Benitez.
The Holland international started the Reds' opening match of this season against Tottenham, but has subsequently made just one late substitute's appearance in the defeat by Aston Villa.
The 22-year-old is unhappy with his limited outings so far this term and believes promises have been broken.
"There have been a lot of things promised, but they haven't been followed up," Babel 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."
A return to Ajax has been mooted and Babel believes a temporary deal in the January transfer window could provide his best chance of securing a place in Holland's squad for next summer's World Cup.
He added: "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.
"Loaning me out was not an option (in the summer). Now we have agreed to review the situation in January.
"I see the current situation as a signal that I really have to get playing."