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  • David Tyrer

Gini: Babel a big threat to Liverpool

Many younger Reds may not quite remember him, but Ryan Babel will line up against us today for Fulham.

The 32 year old left us in January 2011, having made almost 150 games for Liverpool, with about 40 goal involvement during his time with the club.

Babel didn't quite hit the heights many expected of him, particularly with him being snatched from under Arsenal's noses, a lot was expected.

But he did had some big moments, not least of all against that very same team in a Champions League in 2009, amongst a handful of other moments.

He's certainly in his 'swansong' at the moment, and Gini reckons he could be a real threat against us this afternoon.

Speaking to, the midfielder said: "I am really close with him.

"We speak with each other quite often and we just speak about each other’s career. Beside that, we’re also good friends. I am happy to see him back, but unfortunately he plays for the team we are going to play against so I hope we can beat them.

"I play with him for the national team and I see how focused he is to play a good game and to score in a game.

"For the national team, he is really important for us - I think he is important for Fulham with the way he is and the way he plays, so it will be difficult to stop him."

The Reds own current Holland international is likely to line up against his compatriot today, and Gini reckons that every game sees the opposite team with something to play for these days, making things all the more difficult for us.

He went on: "It is going to be difficult. Almost every week you will play against a team who plays for something. We play for first in the race, to be champions, and they will play to stay in the race, to stay up.

"It’s going to be a really difficult game. They want to win against us, they want the points - and we want to win against them. It is not the case that one of the teams are playing for nothing.

"We both have to go at 100 per cent - or even more - to win the game, so it’s going to be a really tough one."

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