Babel left out of Stoke squad

Ryan Babel has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Stoke City.

The Dutch attacker told his Twitter followers “Hey people, I got some disappointing news, I’m not travelling to Stoke. The Boss left me out the squad. No explanation.”

Rafa Benitez has left Babel out despite being without fellow attackers Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun.

New signing Maxi Rodriguez is in the squad, and winger Albert Riera returns from injury.

Benitez is likely to start with Dirk Kuyt in attack, probably alongside David Ngog, on Saturday.