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Babel: I've shown enough patience

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Ryan Babel is desperate for more first-team opportunities at Liverpool - but insists he is not thinking about leaving the club.

Manager Rafael Benitez has rotated his squad less often recently, meaning fringe players like Babel are getting fewer starts.

"The rotation system is a thing of the past and I'm one of the victims of that," the 21-year-old told Dutch magazine Sportweek. "The team is winning a lot, so you don't alter things just like that."

He added: "Each season has about 60 games. I must 'work hard and wait for my chance,' is what you hear, but I've shown enough patience. I want to play.

"You get better and develop when you play. On the bench, nothing happens. Of course I'm disappointed when I don't play, that seems clear to me."

The Holland international has no intention of quitting Anfield, though. He said: "I don't want to go. My contract runs until 2012. I don't give up that easily."

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