Babel ribs injury as Reds lose at Huddersfield

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A Liverpool Reserves team was beaten 2-1 at the Galpharm Stadium this afternoon, with Dutch international Ryan Babel sustaining a bad ribs injury.

With Liverpool having a week off football due to their Carling Cup exit to the hands of Northampton Town, this afternoon’s friendly against Huddersfield Town gave opportunities to the likes of Babel, Dani Pacheco, Jay Spearing and, returning from injury, Fabio Aurelio.

Second choice goalkeeper Brad Jones was given a rare outing too, as Huddersfield came from behind to win the game.

Reds striker Nathan Eccleston, who spent part of last season on loan at the Galpharm, had given the visitors the lead before two goals from corners – Jamie McCombe and Nathan Clarke either side of half-time won it for the home side.

Aurelio last 60 minutes, whilst Thomas Ince showed some good touches playing the first half before being replaced by 16-year-old Suso.

Babel sustained his injury to his ribs with 15 minutes left to go, and was replaced by Jack Robinson. Babel was taken to hospital where he has undergone X-rays and is waiting for news on the extent of the injury.

Liverpool Reserves: Brad Jones, Steven Irwin, Fabio Aurelio (John Flanagan 60), Michael Roberts, Stephen Darby, Chris Mavinga, Daniel Pacheco, Jay Spearing (c), Nathan Eccleston, Ryan Babel (Jack Robinson 75), Thomas Ince (Suso 45). Sub not used: Dean Bouzanis.