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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Coverage will begin at 7pm.
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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.
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