Ryan Babel is hoping he can now display his best form for Liverpool following talks with manager Rafa Benitez.

Dutch attacker Babel has struggled to make a sustained impact on Merseyside since joining the club from Ajax in 2007 and was tipped for a January exit.

He revealed on his Twitter account last month that he had been dropped from the squad to face Stoke City before subsequently apologising for his actions.

On Sunday, Babel was rewarded with his first start in the Premier League for three months as he played 75 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Manchester City.

And, following discussions with Benitez, the 23-year-old believes he is now aware of what he needs to do in order to be a success at Liverpool.

„I have had a good talk with the manager and I know what I have to do,” said Babel. „That is what I am going to concentrate on.

Babel will hope for a second successive start in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Unirea Urziceni and is optimistic Liverpool can protect a one-goal advantage from the first leg.

He added: „Unirea may not be a well known team, but the fact they are playing in Europe at this stage shows they are a good team.

„I think it’s all about how you prepare yourself and as long as we do that then we should be fine.

„We have definitely improved over the last few weeks with a lot of clean sheets. The defence has been the basis of our better results.

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Babel reveals Rafa talks

Ryan Babel is hoping he can now display his best form for Liverpool following talks with manager Rafa Benitez.

Dutch attacker Babel has struggled to make a sustained impact on Merseyside since joining the club from Ajax in 2007 and was tipped for a January exit.

He revealed on his Twitter account last month that he had been dropped from the squad to face Stoke City before subsequently apologising for his actions.

On Sunday, Babel was rewarded with his first start in the Premier League for three months as he played 75 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Manchester City.

And, following discussions with Benitez, the 23-year-old believes he is now aware of what he needs to do in order to be a success at Liverpool.

„I have had a good talk with the manager and I know what I have to do,” said Babel. „That is what I am going to concentrate on.

Babel will hope for a second successive start in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Unirea Urziceni and is optimistic Liverpool can protect a one-goal advantage from the first leg.

He added: „Unirea may not be a well known team, but the fact they are playing in Europe at this stage shows they are a good team.

„I think it’s all about how you prepare yourself and as long as we do that then we should be fine.

„We have definitely improved over the last few weeks with a lot of clean sheets. The defence has been the basis of our better results.

A look at the headlines that are making the back pages of Monday’s national newspapers.

Pictures from Sunday’s Premier League action where Aston Villa knock five past Burnley at Villa Park.

All the best pictures from Liverpool and Fulham’s Europa League games on Thursday night.

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves in 2004. Can you name the mystery starting XI?

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitiez maintains the Europa League is a big part of his plans for the rest of the season.

Teenager Nikola Saric is uncertain when he will make his Liverpool debut, but he is remaining positive.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is confident Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will be cautious with Fernando Torres’ fitness.

Rafa Benitez has hinted full-back Glen Johnson could return to the Liverpool squad against Blackburn this weekend.

Liverpool winger Yossi Benayoun is expecting a fight to the wire in the race for a top-four position.

Read the article on Sky Sports

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