Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has admitted he is looking to return to former club Ajax on loan in January and has accused Rafa Benitez of failing to keep promises regarding his first team chances.
After starting the opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the Dutch international has played only 14 minutes as a substitute since.
Benitez only started the 22-year-old in six Premier League games last season and Babel is growing increasingly frustrated at his inability to command a regular place.
Babel, an £11.5m signing from Ajax in the summer of 2007, is now keen to return to his hometown club in January.
“There have been a lot of things promised, but they haven’t been followed up,” Babel told De Telegraaf. “I would get to play for more minutes and have more chances, but after the first defeat, I only lost my place.
“I think half a season at Ajax with a view to the World Cup wouldn’t be a bad idea. I can add something to the Ajax squad.
“Loaning me out was not an option (in the summer). Now we have agreed to review the situation in January. I see the current situation as a signal that I really have to get playing.”