MARKUS BABBEL had to leave England because he could not focus on his football, the former Liverpool man has claimed. German international Babbel, 47, reckons the country is “paradise” for single men and admitted he spent too much time smoking

Ex-Liverpool defender Markus Babbel claims England is ‘paradise’ for single men as he opens up on boozy Anfield stint

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MARKUS BABBEL had to leave England because he could not focus on his football, the former Liverpool man has claimed.

German international Babbel, 47, reckons the country is "paradise" for single men and admitted he spent too much time smoking and drinking during his Anfield stint.

 Markus Babbel enjoyed himself more off the field than on it while in England
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He spent four years in the UK, including a season on loan at Blackburn, before returning to his homeland with Stuttgart.

He told The Coaches' Voice: "I was going out a lot. Drinking a lot. Smoking a lot. If you want to come back (from injury) at the highest level, you need discipline. But, for one or two years, I couldn’t show this because I was living.

“It was a problem for Liverpool. They saw me, a top professional who had played 60 games from 63, going out drinking and smoking.

“For me, it was clear – if I want to come back to 100 per cent professional football, then I have to leave the country.

“Because as a single man, England is a paradise city. If you go out it’s very easy to do stupid things.”

Babbel is currently managing Western Sydney Warriors in Australia's A-League.

The defender won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa Cup with Liverpool as well as a number of titles with Bayern Munich.

But the Premier League eluded him and Jurgen Klopp is out to break the Reds' duck this season after two near misses.

Liverpool go into Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City six points clear of the defending champions.

Jurgen Klopp says his side must be perfect against Manchester City

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Ex-Liverpool defender Markus Babbel claims England is ‘paradise’ for single men as he opens up on boozy Anfield stint

Is Norwich vs Watford on TV? Channel, live stream, team news, and kick-off time for Premier League game

WATFORD make the trip Norwich still in search of their first Premier League win of the season.

The Hornets are enduring a dreadful campaign and remain rock-bottom of the table after being beaten by Chelsea at Vicarage Road last week.

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Troy Deeney's return could be the kick-start Watford need to get off the bottomNorwich are hardly faring much better and that historic 3-2 win over Man City now seems a distant memory for Daniel Farke's men.

The injury-ravaged Canaries are 19th and just two points above the visitors, with eight defeats from their last ten matches.

What time does Norwich vs Watford kick off?

THIS Premier League clash is the Friday night offering on November 8.

Kick-off at Carrow Road is set for 8pm.

When Watford last visited this ground back in 2016 they left empty-handed after a 4-2 defeat.

What TV channel is Norwich vs Watford on and can I live stream it?

YOU can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.

Coverage will begin at 7pm.

Sky customers can download the Sky Go app to stream on their mobile, tablet or PC.

Whilst non-subscribers can still tune in by grabbing a NOW TV pass from just £9.99.

What is the team news?

NORWICH continue to be plagued by injuries and the treatment room is fit to burst at Carrow Road.

Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley won't be seen until after the international break, whilst Timm Klose is expected to be out all season.

The visitors have received better news with Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Ismaila Sarr all returning to training this week.

Ralph Hasenhuttl: 'Southampton have big opportunity to beat Everton'

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has conceded his side have a huge point to prove as they prepare to return to the scene of their recent humiliation on Saturday.

Saints face Everton in their first game back at St Mary's since their 9-0 horror show against Leicester last month, but steeled by two strong subsequent performances at Manchester City.

Those results have given Hasenhuttl plenty of optimism that they can make the most of the pressure currently afflicting their opponents and seal an overdue first home win of the season.

Hasenhuttl said at a press conference: "After the last home game we want to show that we can do it better.

"This is a big opportunity for us to win, because we have to win. Everybody knows this and the players are very focused.

"We had a very intense game in the last Premier League game against Manchester City. We were close to taking something there and the performance was much better."

Hasenhuttl expects to have a full squad to choose from with the exception of defender Ryan Bertrand, who serves the last game of a three-match ban following his sending-off early in the Foxes fixture.

And he is hopeful winger Moussa Djenepo could figure after he recently made a successful return from a muscle injury.

Hasenhuttl added: "Moussa is one of the only guys who has scored important goals for us so far, so he's a big option for the weekend.

"He gives our a game a new part, which we've missed. He can be a boost for us."

Victory could dramatically change Saints' outlook ahead of the Christmas period, as well as pulling them level on points with opponents who are still searching for their first away win.

"I think they (Everton) know about the importance of the game," added Hasenhuttl. "They have quality up front with Richarlison and a few other guys. It's the Premier League – it's always a tough game."

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