RAFA BENITEZ claims he “cannot win”2 when Newcastle close their home season against his title-chasing old club Liverpool.
The Spaniard says he be criticised whatever happens on May 5 but will remain “professional” and try to plan a magpies victory.
Benitez, who nearly guided Liverpool to the crown in 2009, told talkSPORT: “That is a game that I can’t win.
“If we win, they will say: ‘Oh, [he should be helping us].’ And, if you lose: ‘Oh, he was not giving everything.’
“I will not talk too much about this game until it comes around.
“I was in Liverpool winning trophies. Why? Because I was professional and I was fighting against anyone.
“Some people will criticise me because I was fighting against Manchester United.
“It’s my job to do the best for my team, and I will try to do the best for my team, that’s it.”
Benitez’s Newcastle future is still uncertain despite their comfortable 13th place in the Premier League, with safety assured.
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The 59-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer and he is keen for the Magpies to increase their budget so he can compete with clubs like Watford and Wolves – just below the top six.
In contrast, leaders Liverpool are firmly planted back amongst the elite under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds two points clear of champions City, who have a game in hand.