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Twitter reacts as former Liverpool flop closes in on La Liga move

Ryan Babel celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Twitter reacts as Ryan Babel returns to the big leagues after years soaking in the backwater.

Ryan Babel celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

"He has the potential to be the next Thierry Henry," said Marco van Basten in 2007, as reported by The Guardian.

Now Marco van Basten knows a thing or two about strikers. He was, after all, one of the greatest of all time. So far from us to question the 1989 Ballon D’Or winner’s judgement.

It’s just that, with hindsight, these comments appear rather outlandish. Because this prodigious, world-beater-to-be was one Ryan Babel. And he was, as you all know, most certainly not “the next Thierry Henry.”

Thierry Henry celebrates goal v Liverpool 2004

Twelve league goals in four years at Liverpool dented that particular argument very early on and dismal spells at Hoffenheim, Ajax, Kasimpasa and Al Ain hardly helped either. In fact, in 14 games in the Arabian Gulf League, Babel scored one goal, insulted the club on social media and was demoted to the reserves.

Consequently, the now-29-year-old is arguably more famous for a mocked-up picture of Howard Webb than any on-pitch genius.

But, if all goes to plan, Babel could be gifted a scarcely deserved route back into the European game with mid-table La Liga side Deportivo, according to Sport, as they aim to cover the absences of crocked newcomer Joselu and last season's top scorer Lucas Perez (below). As you can imagine, the club’s fans are just enamoured with the news.

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That's not to say no one is optimistic though. Or is this just thinly-veiled sarcasm? You be the judge.

Kevin Prince-Boateng

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