"As a kid, I was always watching Liverpool on television in the great times of the Eighties. So I was very honoured when I got an offer from them and I didn`t have to think much about it, I just signed.
It was always a dream for me to play in England. I never thought about Spain or Italy. It was mainly the tremendous atmosphere I wanted to experience. I had a taste of it in Euro `96 when I was over here with Germany, and the German players who have played in England always came back and told us amazing stories about the crowds and the buzz you get in the stadiums."
"I doubt he will play for us again because I gave him many chances and it hasn't worked out. The staff have been disappointed with Markus' attitude towards the club and the fans.
It is not only the outburst during the Worthington Cup, but he has been sent off twice in the reserves. I took no action after the first incident but I will fine him two weeks' wages for the incident last week, which was unacceptable. He is no longer in my plans.
When you have talent there is no question you are capable of doing well for your club, but the motivation has to be there too. The attitude has to be right and in this case it has not been right. I think the club has been very fair to Markus. We stood by him and handed him a new contract. I'm very disappointed with him."
Gerard Houllier 2003
"His command of English has come on in leaps and bounds since he joined us. He’s quite a nifty mover off the field as well. At our victory party after the Worthington Cup Final against Birmingham, he was the first on the dance floor and the last to leave it."
Owen in 2001 on Markus
"Markus Babbel's contribution needs to be highlighted. He had a difficult time at first as all foreign players do, but that only lasted for two or three games and since then he's been very steady. The players all love him here. He has proved a tremendous asset and he is a tremendous winner."
Houllier in 2001
"Markus is an extremely popular person in the dressing room and the lads were delighted to see him back."
Phil Thompson in March 2002 when Babbel returned to full training after his sickness.
"The first season was unbelievable. Out of the 63 games we played I was involved in 60 of them and we won three trophies. The FA Cup final against Arsenal was particularly special and the UEFA Cup against Alaves, which we won 5-4, was an amazing game."
Babbel in July 2004