Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel says that he still believes that striker Mario Balotelli will eventually come good at the Merseyside club.
The Italian international was signed for £ 16 million and he eventually became the replacement for Luis Suarez, who departed to Barcelona in a £ 75 million deal. Suarez was a major factor in Liverpool almost winning the Premier League last season after he scored 31 goals. Hence, there was a lot of pressure on Balotelli to match the achievements of the Uruguayan and it is something that he has failed to deliver so far.
The departure of Luis Suarez from Liverpool and into Barcelona allowed the head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers on making a number of signings that reinforced different areas of his squad.
One of the players that was signed to try and somehow fill the gap that was left by the Uruguayan forward was Mario Balotelli as he was signed from Ac.Milan with a price tag of €16 million but the Italian attacker has not scored a single goal out of the 4 Premier League matches that he has played for Liverpool so far.
Everton, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspurs have been all of the opponents in the Premier League that Liverpool has faced off in this season and where Mario Balotelli has been featured but he has failed to make a good performance at all.
Ryan Babel has said that despite the absence of Luis Suarez, Liverpool should be able to perform well in the English top tier in the ongoing season.
According to Babel who himself had been a part of the Reds’ first team squad for a fairly long period of time, the young players of Liverpool have progressed well in the last few seasons and now that Suarez is not there, it’s important for them to step up and ensure that the club’s performance doesn’t go down.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Babel said, “I’ve been really impressed with the growth of some of the Liverpool youngsters. The likes of Daniel and Raheem have gone from strength to strength and they are going to be pivotal for Liverpool this season.”
A tweet from Ryan Babel has sparked media attention as the Dutch winger wrote on his official twitter account stated that he was on his way to Liverpool, no further details were written and this could mean that Babel could simply be just reuniting with some of his old friends or actually making a return to Liverpool, the club where he used to perform some years ago.
At his 27 years of age, Babel has a lot to offer and considering that the attacking division of Liverpool took a huge dip after selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona it is now up to the Northern Irish coach to decide if he wants to spend some of the injection of cash he received in signing Ryan Babel.
The Netherlands national football team will take on Australia tomorrow in their second game in the FIFA World Cup 2014 which is currently going on in Brazil.
The Dutchmen would be bubbling with confidence coming into this game after the result that they achieved in the opening game of their campaign against the defending Champions Spain. They just crushed Vicente Del Bosque’s team and pushed them on the verge of a shocking exit.
Defeating Australia shouldn’t be a big challenge for Holland at all. There is just no comparison between the two teams. While, Holland is filled with versatile players, the Australian team only has one or two guys who can be termed world class.
The majestic season of Luis Suarez has seen him scoring 31 goals as he managed to breeze past everyone else in the Premier League and position himself as the top goal-scorer with ease.
His consistent string of performances have attracted the likes of many clubs around the world but Real Madrid has taken a special kind of interest for the Uruguayan attacker as the Spanish club is believed to be preparing an offer in the region of €70 million for Suarez.
Throughout the years, Real Madrid has made a number of astronomically high transactions which has been the main tool that they use in order to sign their targets.
Glen Johnson’s contract with Liverpool is entering its final year and rumors started building up linking him with Real Madrid as the Spanish club could make a move for the 29 years old defender when his contract expires.
Brendan Rodgers will be releasing some of his players that have high wages and Johnson is one of them and it was believed that was going to be one of the players which will be seeing their way out of Liverpool at the end of the season and considering that the former Chelsea player has been hampered with injuries, the rumor of him leaving the club was becoming very plausible but Rodgers recently revealed that he wants to keep Glen Johnson for the time being.
This must be an ecstatic time for the Liverpool players and fans and Twitter surely knows that. Thanks to the club’s recent fantastic 3-2 win over Fulham, the club members have rushed to the famous social networking site only to fill it with tons of congratulatory remarks & compliments.
Among the many tweets complimenting Liverpool for its Fulham win at the famous Craven Cottage, some of the most interesting are those sent by Ryan Babel & Glen Johnson.
The erstwhile Liverpool forward Babel who is well aware about all the late victories at the same venue sent a congratulatory tweet for his old club- Babel’s tweet has complimented the triumph as “great win”.
Barcelona spent a huge amount of money in trying to bring Neymar and they were ultimately successful to be competitors like Real Madrid for his signature. It has been reported that they have spent close to € 87 million in securing Neymar from Brazil.
He has been extremely good for the club in the opening half of the season and it has helped Barcelona go top of the table – albeit on goal difference. Neymar has already scored 11 goals and created 10 more in just 26 appearances for the club. He has now been compared with former Barcelona great Johan Cruyff by midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he is happy to see his former club at the top of the table. Liverpool have been suffering a lot over the last few years, but Brendan Rodgers has been able to get the team to the top of the table on Christmas Day.
The last time they were in position was under Rafa Benitez five years ago. Babel played for the club during that period, as he was a Liverpool player from 2007 to 2011. He has already called those memories and has also stated that he is happy that Liverpool are doing well right now.