Rafa Benitez brings his relegation-threatened Newcastle United to Anfield at the 3 o’clock kick-off today. The Spaniard won the hearts of so many Reds fans by winning the champions league in his first season in charge and also took them to the final in 2007.
Benitez spent six years at Liverpool during which he also won the FA Cup in 2006 and made Liverpool a difficult team to play against, and restored the pride to the football club. Prior to Benitez, Liverpool was on a downward slope.
Present Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Rafa saying “He’s a very successful manager, nice person! Be louder than you have ever been — that’s absolutely okay. That’s how I would say hello to a good old friend.”
“He still lives around here, nobody has to ignore this wonderful moment. Do how you feel!”
Klopp said this of Newcastle,“They don’t look like a relegation team, but that shows how strong this league is.”
“They are in a good moment but we want to keep the points here, that’s why we play on Saturday and so that’s what we have to show.”