Babel denies exit quotes and commits to Reds

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Ryan Babel says he is fully commited to fulfilling his potential at Liverpool, after coming on as a substitute to help the Reds to victory at West Ham on Saturday.

Torres at the mark

Following comments in the Dutch media suggesting he would be interested in a move back to former club Ajax, Babel now says he doesn’t know where those quotes came from.

He said, “I didn’t say any of those things. I did an interview in Holland and I don’t know who in England got hold of it but it was the worst translation I have ever seen.

“The fact is I’m very happy here and I don’t want to leave to go anywhere. Yes, there is a lot of competition for places at Liverpool but that’s the same at every top club.

“When I got back to Liverpool I went straight to the manager and told him it wasn’t true. He accepted that and there is no problem. Now I just want to concentrate on playing.”

After being dropped for last weekend’s 4-0 win at home to Burnley, Babel supplied the cross for Fernando Torres’ winner in the 3-2 win at Upton Park this weekend.

And now Babel insists he is focused and ready to impress enough to hold down a first team place at Anfield.

“It was great to be out there and I’m really pleased I was able to help us get a crucial three points,” he said.

“Before I came on the manager said I needed to bring some energy to the game and that I needed to run at them.

“I enjoyed it and that will give me some confidence. Now I hope to carry on like this.

“If I keep working hard then hopefully I can get some more minutes and in the end get a place back in the starting line-up.”

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