That’s exactly what I have been saying for 18 months!
If you ask most Liverpool fans what position the squad needs cover in, most will say upfront; however Liverpool have already got a perfect replacement for Fernando Torres (should he be injured/suspended) in Ryan Babel.
No, I’ve not been smoking crack; I am talking about putting Babel inplace of Torres. He scored yesterday, alright it was only against Thailand, but he has said in the past he prefers to play as a striker, and we might see more effort from him if he is in his favourite position.
Benitez spoke highly of Babel recently saying how he has come back fit having worked hard over the summer, so rather than turfing him out he has given the Dutchman praise, hopefully in a bid to raise his confidence. He is going to struggle to become a regular on the left, after Yossi Benayoun signed a new contract as a result of his brilliant performances, and Albert Riera has proved he is more than capable of filling that position; so why not give him a go upfront? (Anfield Red)
This source makes a valid point and reiterates what I have been telling my mates for a while. Ryan Babel was at one time compared to Thierry Henry but in many ways has never really been played positionally by Rafa in that manner.
It could be the one way to really get the most out of the Flying Dutchman, he may be profligate in front of goal but he can learn to be more deadly in front of goal. Perhaps he could hone this ability by on occasion coming on for Torres for that final 20 minute burst.
Babel is a quality player, Benitez was right to buy him but must now reshape his game to get the most out of him.