Liverpool FC manager Rafa Benitez wants Ryan Babel to explain outburst

26 November 2009 08:00
RYAN BABEL will be hauled into Rafa Benitez's office today and asked to explain his latest petulant outburst.[LNB]The Liverpool winger hit the headlines on Tuesday after a string of inflammatory quotes about his predicament and squad issues were attributed to him in a national newspaper.[LNB]Babel has plenty of form for criticising the way Benitez deploys him to journalists in the Netherlands but has always maintained that his words have been twisted.[LNB]Given this eruption happened on the morning of the Reds' crucial Champions League clash against Debrecen, many within the club not surprisingly took a dim view.[LNB]Benitez, though, has not made any decisions about what action might be taken against Babel and will first let the 23-year-old clarify what he actually said.[LNB]Liverpool's squad were given the day off yesterday but Benitez will certainly meet with Babel, who missed the trip to Budapest with an ankle injury, at Melwood.[LNB]'I have got to talk to the player and I will see what his explanation is,' was all the Liverpool manager was prepared to say on the matter.[LNB]If Babel has a black mark against his name, the same cannot be said of young striker David Ngog, who grabbed his fifth goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Debrecen.[LNB]Ngog has had no easy task leading the line in Fernando Torres' absence and his performance in Hungary, particularly in the first half, was hugely encouraging.

Source: Liverpool_Echo