Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has criticised the Anfield club for the way they treated him during his four year spell at the club.

Babel's tenure on Merseyside was considered a major flop after he scored just 12 goals in for the club after moving to the club for £12 million, with a big reputation.

But he failed to live up to the big billing at Liverpool, but now the Hoffenheim man has strong words for his former employers.

“I think I've had really benefited from the move to the Bundesliga,” he said.

"We do more preparation work at Hoffenheim than I ever saw in England and we do longer training sessions. I’ve never felt so fit. "


"You need competition to get fit. I often sat on the bench and the schedule in England, with a game every three days, meant the training was only there to maintain us.”

Liverpool have since gone on to reinvest in the squad after the sale of Babel, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez coming through the door during the transfer window, while the likes of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam have joined the club this summer.

Liverpool lost their first match of the season at Stoke City on Saturday, but after picking up seven points from their previous three games have set the tone for a season that is expected to end in qualification for the Champions League.

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