Babel tweets Reds commitment

Earlier on Tuesday, the Holland international was reported to be

flying down to the capital in a helicopter, which resulted in

Hammers’ striker Carlton Cole being linked with a move to

Merseyside. However, on Sunday, Babel said he was prepared to fight

for his place at Anfield and he has now spoken out on Twitter

regarding rumours on his immediate future. “I’m going no where. LFC

all the way. YNWA!!! (You’ll Never Walk Alone),” he wrote. The

23-year-old has often used his Twitter page to convey his feelings

about life at Liverpool, famously incurring the wrath of former

manager Rafael Benitez last season. Prior to the Reds’ match at

Stoke in January, he tweeted more than 24 hours before kick-off

that he had been left out of the squad. That resulted in a severe

dressing-down from Benitez and it seemed there was a chance he

could leave, with Birmingham having had one bid turned down.

However, after his meeting with the Spaniard, Babel was given a

second chance and had a decent end to the season. New manager Roy

Hodgson said at the weekend he wants to give the Dutchman a chance

in his preferred position as a central striker, as back-up to

Fernando Torres. It was something welcomed by Babel, who said after

Sunday’s West Brom victory: “He promised me already I will play up

front when he plays me so that is what I am focusing on. It is

positive.” On the regular speculation about his future he said: “It

doesn’t frustrate me because as long as I do not hear anything from

the club then they can say whatever.”