The left attacking role in a 4-2-3-1 formation in a Rafa Benitez team carries a lot of defensive responsibility, as Kuyt has demonstrated. The lad is a left sided striker. Which is VERY different from his role on our left side.
I agree about the maturity and the mentality though.
I just want to see him given a run of games from the bench, in a striker position...before I write him off completely.
While Torres watches from the bench?
Or should we change our formation to accomodate his inclusion in a two man frontline?
Speculation, sure, but I'd guarantee that if he'd shown anything in training to warrant this it'd already be happening.
We're attempting to win a title, I'd prefer unwarranted match day experimentation be kept to a minimum. I don't think it'd help a title challenge.
It's the same at every big club. If he wants to be played through the middle he needs to prove to the coaching staff in training that he has what it takes and/or win the job by putting himself about where and when he gets the opportunity.
Whether it be on the left or up top, he needs to show he can make the right decision at the right time, keep the ball, and provide a real goal threat. He needs to prove he knows what he's doing.
A role on the left might not be ideal for Babel but than neither is going nearly twenty years without a title the best of possible circumstances for LFC.
He needs to either do his job or move on because we can't carry him.