Benitez admits he cannot win when Magpies play Liverpool

Liverpool v Newcastle United - Premier League
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool and Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on April 23, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafa Benitez has admitted he “cannot win” when his Newcastle side take on former club Liverpool next month.

The Reds are enmeshed in a keenly contested title race with Manchester City and Newcastle could derail those plans if they beat or draw Klopp’s side at St James’ Park.

Having secured their safety in the top flight, Kopites are hoping for a favour from the Spaniard who masterminded Man City’s 2-1 loss on Tyneside.

However, the Madrid-born coach has promised to be professional when Klopp’s men come to town.

“That is a game that I can’t win,” he said in a quote cited on after his team’s win over Southampton.

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“If we win, they [the Liverpool fans] will say: ‘Oh, [he should be helping us].’ And, if you lose [City fans]: ‘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 [against Liverpool], that’s it.”

Before their trip to St James’ Park, Liverpool also face a home game against already relegated Huddersfield Town next Friday.

Their final league game of the season will see them host Wolves.


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