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Former Liverpool player slams club over his treatment

By Dominic Toner

Ryan Babel believes that he was “badly coached” during his stay at Liverpool.

The midfielder spent four years at Anfield after he arrived in 2007 and racked up 146 appearances, scoring 22 goals and supplying 18 assists.

Babel, 29, joined Liverpool from Dutch side Ajax and was expected to have a big future with the club.

He won the club’s Young Player of the season in his first campaign but never cemented his starting position in the side.

The winger feels that he was not correctly looked after when he moved to England and believes modern youngsters could suffer the same struggles.

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“I think I was badly coached,” Babel told Spanish outlet AS. “Neither the coach nor the coaching staff advised me well. I was 20 years old went I went to the Premier League.

“When you are 20, you need help from other people, you need people to talk to you. But when I went over there, nobody helped me. I was alone, and that’s difficult for any young player.”

Current Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was in charge at Liverpool for the majority of Babel’s time in England.

Babel now plays at La Liga side Deportivo and has scored one goal after three appearances this season.

The attacker has made 42 appearances for Holland and was included in the squad that finished runners-up at the 2010 World Cup, but has not played in the side since 2011.

In other Liverpool news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to Brad Smith’s performance for Australia.