Unsettled Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has admitted that he could leave in January if he fails to establish a regular place in Rafa Benitez’s starting XI.
Babel is unhappy with his lack of first-team opportunities and he plans to hold talks with Benitez before the transfer window reopens in January.
“I have tried to talk to the manager but it isn’t of any use. I couldn’t really do anything with the feedback Benitez gave me,” Babel is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“We have agreed to look at my situation in the winter. If there’s no improvement then, I have to be honest, I want to be somewhere else.
“I don’t play a lot so I can’t be happy and I can’t cheer out loud. Sometimes I wonder how long I can sustain it but I will fight for my position – what else can I do?”
Babel, who will miss Tuesday’s vital Champions League trip to Debrecen through injury, is surprised he has not been given more chances in the side.
“Isn’t it unbelievable that in my first year I got chosen as Talent of the Year? And a season later I hardly play and without getting a proper chance,” he added.
Babel, who represented Holland in Beijing last summer, added: “I don’t know if it has anything to do with my little trip to the Olympics. I know the manager wanted me to stay.
“I really don’t believe he (Benitez) is trying to get back at me. Every time me or my agent (Willie Haatrecht) have a chat with him he stresses I can’t leave and he believes in me. We have to trust he is telling the truth. Saying it is different to showing it.
“I have shown I can do it plenty of times. I know I could be further in my career but if nobody helps you, if they don’t make it easier for you, then it is difficult.”