Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel says he could have stayed in the Premier League when he left Anfield back in 2011.
Liverpool signed one of Europe’s most-promising forwards when they won the race to land Babel from Ajax in 2007, but the Dutchman only showed fleeting glimpses of his quality during his time on Merseyside.
He eventually joined Hoffenheim in January 2011, although he admits he could have continued his career in England.
Now on the books at La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna, Babel told AS: “When I left Liverpool I could have stayed in England, but I [would have] had to go to other teams that didn’t play football, only long balls.
“Well, I could have stayed, but I would not have been happy with the style of play, so I decided to go to Germany because Hoffenheim were a team that played well.”