Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists wantaway Ryan Babel's going nowhere

08 September 2009 04:05
Rafa Benitez has dismissed any talk of Ryan Babel leaving Liverpool in the January transfer window to join Ajax on loan and called on the striker to prove himself at Anfield.

Babel has expressed a desire to return to Holland in order to improvehis hopes of making the Dutch World Cup squad but Benitez maintained his international place could be secured while playing for the Reds.

'Ryan knows he cannot go now, so he has to impress,' said Benitez. 'He is a goodplayer and we know he has talent. It's important for us to talk withhim and see how he progresses over these months.

No jumping ship: Ryan Babel must remain at Liverpool says his manager

'With the World Cup at the end of the year the majority of ourplayers will want to impress and if they do well in each trainingsession they will have more chances.'

The Liverpool boss also responded to complaints from both Babel and Albert Riera about a lack of first-team football by calling on both players to do their talking on the pitch.

But Benitez insists he is happy with both players and sees the competition for starting places within Liverpool's squad as healthy.

'Albert and Ryan both want to play,' said Benitez. 'They play in thesame position and so have to compete with each other, which is good forus. 

'The message is very simple. On the pitch all of the players have to prove something.'  

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Source: Daily_Mail