Babel admits he still supports Liverpool

Babel admits he still supports Liverpool [divider]

Kasımpaşa forward Ryan Babel has admitted that he is a Liverpool supporter ahead of the Reds Europa League Round of 32 second leg clash against Beşiktaş.

The former Liverpool player scored a total of 22 goals in 146 appearances for the club between 2007-11.

Liverpool may find themselves under a lot of pressure from 70,000 home fans but they can count on one extra supporter fighting their corner.

“I am very excited about attending the game,” Babel told

“Since I left Liverpool, I have always been a fan and followed the team over the years.

“Now I live here in Istanbul, the game is very close to home so I felt the chance to watch them live was one I couldn’t miss.”

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The 28-year-old joined Kasımpaşa on a free transfer from Ajax in 2013.

Babel has 11 goals and 11 assists in 50 appearances for the Süper Lig outfit in all competitions.

Kasımpaşa are currently 10th in the Süper Lig on 25 points after 21 games.

Liverpool take on Beşiktaş in the second-leg at the Atatürk Olympic stadium. The Reds won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Italian international Mario Balotelli.