|Desc||Before Luis Suarez blazed a trail from Ajax to the red half of Merseyside, there was Ryan Babel. The Dutch winger/striker arrived in 2007 to the tune of £11.5 million and scored his first goal one month into his maiden league campaign against Derby County. Known more for his off-field antics, Babel was disciplined for his Twitter usage as well as starting the hashtag #BabelCopter – a metaphor for players with uncertain destination on transfer deadline day. Apparently, the man also raps in his spare time. Ultimately, his poor return of 22 goals in 146 appearances meant that he was shown the door to Hoffenheim in 2011|
|Org||Dutch National Team|
|Club as Player||Fulham|
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Ryan Babel on Ronald Koeman’s dutch national team, He says Koeman has given the national side a clear vision and knows ‘exactly what type of players he wants’ in each position] Most importantly, everybody takes their responsibility and knows what is required to play on the top level
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[Former Red Ryan Babel explains importance of Liverpool’s Dutch ‘leaders’] I have no words for Gini’s performances and quality. He’s an incredible person. His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he’s really unbeatable and very hard to play against.
He’s very complete – he can score goals, he can tackle, can defend, recover balls
[This is also evident at Melwood, where the players voted him one of the five ‘captains’ of the squad] Gini’s development is also incredible. [He] is definitely a person who is not shy to give his opinion. He has very strong opinions and is very much loved in the team process. Especially in the national team, he’s definitely one of the leaders and very important for us.
[Any doubts about Van Dijk’s suitability to the team or his ability to justify a massive transfer fee were quickly dismissed after moving to Anfield, and he has only gone from strength to strength since then] If you see how he developed since coming to Liverpool, his focus is incredible – 90 minutes fully sharp.
Now with the leader that he’s become, he definitely deserves it. He’s also very important for us in the Dutch team and a great captain. Much respect to him
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Ryan Babel heaps praises on two Liverpool stars who have been impressive this season] Virgil has developed himself over the last three or four years. Now with the leader that he’s become, he definitely deserves it. He’s also very important for us in the Dutch team and a great captain. Much respect to him
I have no words for Gini’s performances and quality. He’s an incredible person. His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he’s really unbeatable and very hard to play against