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IAN RUSH: Chance for Liverpool FC's Ryan Babel to stake his claim

22 Sep 2009 01:00:00

TONIGHT'S Carling Cup tie at Leeds United represents a great opportunity for some of Liverpool's fringe players to make a point to Rafa Benitez. I'm sure there will be a number of changes from the weekend win at West Ham. That was a tough test and with the quick turnaround Liverpool will be in need of some fresh legs. With the game against Hull at Anfield on Saturday and then the European clash away to Fiorentina next Tuesday, it's a chance to give key players a night off and see what others can do. One player I expect to start is Ryan Babel after his impressive substitute appearances at Upton Park. The Dutchman's pace caused the Hammers problems and produced a great cross for Fernando Torres to head home the winner. Babel deserves a start and this is the ideal match for him to stake a claim for a more regular place. When a chance comes along you have to take it because you only get so many at Liverpool before you have to start looking for another club. There are a number of players in that category and we will see what they are made of tonight.


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