Liverpool completed the signing of Coventry defender Phil Babb for a club record fee of 3.5 million pounds. The 23-year-old Republic Of Ireland international signed a four-year deal with the Merseysiders 24 hours after handing in an official transfer request at Highfield Road. Anfield manager Roy Evans, who had a 3.5 million pound bid rejected by Coventry last week, has chased Babb for the past three months.
"It's taken a while and we've had to be patient. We've said we will go out to buy the best and we're committed to doing that," said Evans. "He's quick and got great experience in the World Cup. He's still only young which is beneficial for us. He's a young lad with experience who could go a long way in the game."
Babb, whose move ends months of speculation which also linked him with Tottenham and Blackburn, is aiming to join former greats Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson in the Anfield hall-of-fame. "I don't feel there's any pressure on me. They've always bought quality players and I feel I'm a quality player so I look forward to being here a long time," explained Babb. "It's a great club, so there was no need for them to sell it to me. The management and coaching staff are good enough and experienced enough to improve me by pulling the right strings." "There are plenty of young players here which the manager has pointed out. Take Robbie Fowler. He's come from nowhere into the lime-light and now he's seen as a demi-god."
Evans is likely to partner Babb alongside Neil Ruddock against West Ham in 10 days time and added: "They are different types of players - it will be strange having two left-footers - but I think they'll work well together." "He's a good player and it remains to be seen whether he'll turn out to be a Liverpool player. At this moment he is just a good player and I sincerely hope he has a number of years here."
-- Signed on 1 September - reported on 2 September 1994.