Benitez says Newcastle’s clash with Liverpool is no-win situation for him and tells Reds not to expect a favour

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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.

Rafa Benitez says he will just focus on Newcastle when old club Liverpool visit St James’ Park on May 4
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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.


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.

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