Ex-Liverpool star looking for his own 'Beyonce' on US reality TV show

Pictures of Beyonce and former Liverpool star Ryan Babel are seen side by side
Ryan Babel will be looking for his own 'Beyonce' on new US dating show Love Undercover -Credit:Getty Images

Ryan Babel and another former Liverpool player are set to step out of their comfort zones as they look for love on a new American dating show.

Babel and former academy defender Lloyd Jones will be heading to Los Angeles to take part in Peacock’s Love Undercover. The show features five football stars all using a fake identity in order to keep their fame undercover, and see if they can find a partner.

Eighteen women will be attempting to win the hearts of the sports stars involved in the show described as a ‘modern-day fairytale meets buddy comedy’. The show gets underway on May 9, with new episodes dropping on May 16 and 23.

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Babel, 37, made 146 appearances during his time at Anfield, when he played alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres. Jones, meanwhile, was signed from Plymouth Argyle in 2011 but didn’t make a senior appearance for the club, taking in various loan spells before leaving for Luton in 2018.

Jones now plies his trade with League One side Charlton Athletic. Still just 28, the defender is the only currently active player taking part in the show.

Babel and Jones are joined by former Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian, Mexican goalkeeper Sebastián Fassi, and ex-Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara, who is now a prominent pundit in the UK.

The players will claim to have everyday jobs such as contractors, salesmen and restaurant managers as they look for love. Speaking in the trailer for the show, Babel says: “If she looks like Beyoncé, she's my type!”

In an interview with The Athletic, Babel said about Love Undercover: "The majority of my life I have played football, where you are trying to work out if someone you meet actually likes you for who you are or likes you for what you do. Now there was an opportunity to actually see if you could make genuine connections with your status, title and achievements stripped away. I’m curious as to how it will be received.

“I was very self-aware and very conscious to make sure that I didn’t necessarily make a fool out of myself. But at the same time, I think I played my part."