Liverpool F.C.

Wijnaldum wary of threat of Ryan Babel to Reds' Fulham hopes

The Netherlands international made 146 appearances and scored 22 goals for the club between 2007 and 2011.

Now 32, Babel joined Fulham in January on a short-term deal and is friends with his compatriot, Wijnaldum.

With Manchester City not in Premier League action this weekend, Liverpool will be aiming to move clear at the summit of the division, albeit having played a game more than their title rivals.

Fulham, meanwhile, went into the weekend occupying 19th position in the standings - but Wijnaldum insists the Reds cannot afford any complacency.

“We both have to go at 100 per cent - or even more - to win the game, so it’s going to be a really tough one.”

Ryan Babel could face Liverpool for the first time since leaving the club this afternoon - and Georginio Wijnaldum believes the Fulham forward will pose a significant threat to the Reds’ aspirations of picking up three points.

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