"The manager has told me from the start that this would be the case at first," he told Liverpool's matchday programme. "He tells me that even though he paid a lot of money for me I must not think about that. He says I am still young and will improve with time.
"This is good for me to hear and gives me the confidence that I can train and work without worrying too much."
Indeed, before he set the Premier League alight as a marauding forward the Frenchman was primarily recognised as a winger in his early years.
It is a fact that has not been lost on Babel who hopes to one day follow the same route as the Barcelona man.
"Henry is a player I always looked to when I was younger," he enthused. "He did great things for Arsenal and I can only look at a player like that and try to develop as much as possible along similar lines.
"Henry was my number one idol.
"I have played most of my career as a striker and probably see myself in that role one day. Hopefully I will get the chance to play as a striker and that is how people will see me.
"I developed as a striker at Ajax but also have the ability to play as a winger. It's not that I don't like playing as a winger. It is an important part of developing my game and is a good way for me to get minutes on the pitch right now.
"The boss knows how I am thinking and I believe one day he will show faith in me to play as a striker."