Babel hints at Ajax return

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has hinted that he would welcome a return to his former club Ajax on loan this season to boost his chances of being in the Holland squad for next year’s World Cup.

Babel is frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities this season, which saw him omitted from the latest Dutch international squad.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Ajax for £11.5million in July 2007, says he would consider leaving Anfield in the January transfer window.

He told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “There have been a lot of things promised, but they haven’t been followed up.

“I would get to play for more minutes and have more chances, but after the first defeat, I only lost my place.

“I think half a season at Ajax with a view to the World Cup wouldn’t be a bad idea. I can add something to the Ajax squad.

“Loaning me out this summer was not an option. Now we have agreed to review the situation in January.

“I see the current situation as a signal that I really have to get playing.”