Liverpool fans may well have forgotten all about Ryan Babel.
The Dutchman had a lot of hype around him when he arrived from Ajax, but it’s fair to say things just didn’t work out for him in the Premier League.
Babel, now with Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, did score 12 goals for the Reds before moving on, but that was over the course of four years.
All in all, that’s not a great return. Thankfully, the attacking midfielder has now come up with an explanation for his inadequate form, but it doesn’t seem to have involved much soul-searching.
No, he has instead hit out at Liverpool for failing to support him when he arrived at the club as a 20-year-old.
“I think I was badly coached,” Babel said, via ESPN.
“Neither the coach nor the coaching staff advised me well. I was 20 years old when I went to the Premier League.
“When you are 20, you need help from other people, you need people to talk to you. But when I went over there, nobody helped me. I was alone, and that’s difficult for any young player.”
“Not everyone is Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Even Cristiano Ronaldo’s first years at Manchester United were quite difficult.
“Alex Ferguson helped him, he stayed right by him and allowed him to grow, and now he is one of the best players in the world.
“Maybe if Ferguson hadn’t been so concerned about Ronaldo, then Ronaldo wouldn’t be the player he is today.”
This is the same Ryan Babel who once posted a picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt after he made some questionable decisions against Liverpool, so it’s fair to say he wasn’t always the consummate professional – but if it’s true, it could explain why he was never a hit.