Ryan Babel, six years since leaving Anfield, says he has come to accept he will always be known as a 'Liverpool flop' in the English media but he still loves the English side.
"Liverpool is my club," he says, smiling. "I try to follow every game. I still support them, I wish them all the best."
"I'm sure a lot of people lost sight of me. Not everybody is following every league in the world so the Champions League is a platform where everybody can see what you're still able to do.
Judging from the outside I think the current Liverpool manager definitely seems to work with his players and try to improve them," he says. "I think the 20-year-old me from that time, if I could have been managed under Jurgen Klopp, I'd have benefitted."
The 'Fab Four' of Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have yet to be released together on a regular basis, but Babel insists Klopp has created an environment for creative talents to be unlocked. "You can have a squad that costs hundreds of millions, but if you don't put them together with the right tactics you can also not be able to win titles," he says.
Those types of players are always necessary in a team, who are very creative and can break a game open. Everybody knows Coutinho is important for Liverpool.
He's one of the players I think I could benefit from as a player, who likes to give assists, feed you."
#LFC #YNWA #Klopp #JurgenKlopp #Babel #RyanBabel #Liverpool #LiverpoolFC #WeAreLiverpool #LFCFamily #Anfield #TheReds #PremierLeague #UCL