Unhappy Liverpool stint almost over for Ryan Babel
Light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps?
As a toddler, there was no longer wait, no more growing anxiety, than expecting your mum to pick you up at the end of a long morning at playgroup, and finding her to be about six or seven minutes late. Needless to say, you’d be livid. You’d probably kick off. A couple of chocolate buttons would be her minimum fine.
All of which leads rather clumsily onto Ryan Babel, who has endured the adult version of this toddler sit-in ever since he threw his Liverpool toys from the pram – declaring that he was really upset about Rafa ignoring him – a couple of very long months ago.
The good news is that his metaphorical mummy has finally arrived to pick him up from his continuing playgroup-gone-rubbish nightmare, in the form of Birmingham City, brandishing £8 million for the disgruntled winger.
Unfortunately, Liverpool will probably want more like £12 million.
BUT, before Ryan starts blubbing and blowing luminous green snot bubbles as he wanders the Liverpool training ground, screaming to the heavens, there is a distinct possibility that Birmingham will fight for their little boy.
As reported in today’s Independent, Alex McLeish said this:
“We won’t rule out a marquee signing, if there is someone out there who I think can make a huge difference to this team.”
See Ryan? Now dry those eyes, he might be talking about you.
Or, then again, he might not be.