Babel: I can be like Henry

14 July 2007 12:16
New Liverpool signing Ryan Babel claims he can have the same impact on the Reds as Thierry Henry had on Arsenal. The 20-year-old Netherlands international completed an £11.5million move to Anfield from Ajax on Friday after signing a five-year contract. Babel has been compared favourably to Henry at the same stage of his career and the versatile frontman believes he can live up to the hype. "It is great that some people are comparing me to Henry," he said. "I will work hard to get to his level or maybe beyond it in the next few years. "Hopefully I am somebody that will please the supporters. I am a fast player, who likes to dribble and play beautiful football. I like to score goals as well. "I have heard the Liverpool fans get behind the team in every game and that is important to me." Meanwhile, the Reds have formally submitted plans to the city council for their new stadium at Stanley Park. Liverpool hope to receive permission by October for the 60,000-seater arena which could cost up to £280million. The stadium will also have the potential to be expanded to accommodate 80,000 supporters. An initial planning application meeting is scheduled for July 25 and should the plans get the green light then construction could begin before the end of the year.

Source: ESA