January 24 2018

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez refuses to rule out Liverpool return

January 24 2018, 01:58 | Sammy Rose

Premier League: Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez won't have a long stint, according to Jamie Carragher

Watch a preview of Sunday’s Premier League action as Arsenal host Brighton Everton take on Burnley and Newcastle face Liverpool

That's according to pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who's opinions and comments since joining Sky Sports have made him one of the most respected pundits in the game.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez talks up his relationship with the club's supporters and says that he is "enjoying every minute" at St James' Park.

They stay ninth, Liverpool drop below Burnley into seventh.

Here are three things we learned from the encounter.

The Liverpool number 10 was also on the score sheet in the Reds' 1-1 draw with Russian side Spartak Moscow in the Champions League mid-week. For Newcastle he is their manager, who stuck with them in the Championship and has brought himself and the club back where they belong.

As for the game itself, it was the home side's resilience in responding to Philippe Coutinho's long-range opener - thanks to Joselu's 36th-minute equaliser - that most pleased Benitez.

When Rafa Benitez remained at Newcastle while in the Championship, it was practically confirmed that the Toon would only spend the one season outside of the Premier League and I, for one, am happy to see them back.

"We scored a wonderful goal and created wonderful chances". We had 86 points one year and finished second. Why? "I think they are working on that and still I think they will be very risky attacking even if they make some mistakes in defense".

We are going for more than 2.5 goals in the game, and our prediction is available at its best odds of ¾ at betfair.

Rafa Benitez remains unbeaten when facing Liverpool.

"We created five or six outstanding, big chances. It will be like this until we score". I know, I am long enough around football.

"And Daniel shoots the ball immediately".

"It was hard. Phil is a really good person, and we understood why he wanted to make the move".

"Jurgen is someone I know well, so I don't want to put any pressure on but he has the tools and the potential and I think they can win trophies".

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