Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield Road, Rafael Benitez praised Jürgen Klopp’s ability to assemble the best Liverpool squad in modern history.
Spanish manager Rafael Benitez is about to visit Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Boxing Day, he is going back to the stadium where he became a legendary manager for all the Reds’ supporters and he has high praise towards the German manager.
The Newcastle United boss is very impressed with how well Klopp has done it with Liverpool in the few seasons he’s managed the squad, he even thinks that the German boss has managed to put together the most impressive Liverpool squad that anyone has ever seen.
“What I think is they have the best squad. When you spend money you bring in better players so when they sign Fabinho and Keita, spending some money, and they keep Henderson and Wijnaldum, you keep the good players and bring in good players and the squad is better,” said Rafa via The Mirror.
“That means different competition, different games and still you have a strong team on the pitch.”
“Best team? It is difficult to say a team because always on my mind when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a great team.”
“I see Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the others and Liverpool are in form, they are doing really well and it will be a difficult game for us.”
Benitez also had very nice things to say about Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is officially back to his best form in the last few weeks and will start on Wednesday against Newcastle.
“In every game, he is doing really well. He has the pace, the vision, the ability. He is clinical in front of of goal and he has a lot of things,” he added.
“But it is not just him, they have a very good team and a very good squad so you can change players and still have a very good 11.”
“When I was there we had to sell to buy and now they are bringing in players who were good and now they are even better.”
“He is doing so well and the team is helping him to do well every week, football is about consistency and quality and at the moment he has everything.”
About what he expects from the match, Rafa dropped some wishful thinking ahead of the match.
“I would like to go there, enjoy it and come back with three points and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”
“We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it. With these top sides you have to do everything right and they have to have a bad day and then you have a chance,” he concluded.
— LFCMAGAZINE (@LFCMAGAZINE) December 26, 2018