Rafa Is Pure Class – Still Loved By Liverpool Fans – Video

It’s the sign of the man that whenever Rafa is at his home near Liverpool, he is swamped by their still appreciative fans when they see him.

Liverpool fans are very much like Newcastle fans – they are just a lot more used to winning trophies since 1970.


Rafa was at the start of the 5K run for the 96 on Saturday and he was seen signing autographs and getting pictured with Liverpool fans, who spotted him near the starting line.

Rafa has been a big supporter of justice for the 96 – the total fatalities in the tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium back in April, 1989.

When Newcastle played Sheffield Wednesday earlier this year Mr. Benitez laid a wreath at the Hillsborough memorial in honor of the fallen supporters.

What a man!

137 comments so far


    May 15, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Harry maguire looked a few stone over weight in the game yesterday, haven’t seen him play at all this season bar yesterday,so cant say i have an opinion on him,but in the premier u need pace which doesn’t seem to be one of his best assets tbh

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 15, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    He is a class act indeed….
    Besides that has anyone got inside info on who the new sponsor is going 2B? If not when are we likely to hear an official announcement.
    Cheers HWTL’s


    May 15, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    In previous threads theres a link to a pic of gayle in new strip with fun88 betting company on strip…dont no if its real like but its there on last thread

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    As long as they don’t want him back.

  • Budge123

    May 15, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Scoop – fun88
    Go back a couple of threads and there is a link to the new kit (not confirmed )

  • Jib

    May 15, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Mbemba talking to the Belgian media (he’s in Brussels at the moment) is starting to sound like Moussa Sissoko !


    He says he was given the opportunity to sign for Anderlecht in January – he declined – at the same time 2 PL clubs talked to him (one wanted him as a DM which he plays for DR Congo)

    However he’s happy at NUFC until a top 5 club comes for him.

    Sound familiar ?

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 15, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    SPRINGY @ 3 Budge @ 5…
    Seen the pic, could be photo shop.
    Rather wait for NUFC official confirmation.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    We need to start a clean slate and remove all the players the club have carried, Dummet, gourfran, Anita and colback, don’t know what Rafas going to do about up front, yesterday they were on about shifting Murphy out, which will be a massive mistake, and what’s happening to Mitrovic and Perez.


    May 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Aye,probs ryt to wait like….same can be said for player transfers in and out

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    He won’t be getting the pat on the back he would have gottten of Dekka for putting himself in the window like that, two weeks wages should do it.

  • lesh

    May 15, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    And here’s a song for Mbemba…. And those ordinary folk who are thinking about voting Tory


  • lesh

    May 15, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Naughty naughty me!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 15, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13
  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14


    How doesn’t it surprise me that very few people have any football knowledge?

    Because of statements regarding players like Anita who people think should be sold!

    Remember Perch? yeah our most versatile player who can play in many positions and doesn’t complain when out of normal role,same with Anita as to why this guy needs a 5 year contract to keep him here.

    People make me laugh these days!

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 15, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    I like Maguires battling qualities mainly. I think Mbemba will get sold as well so I’d expect another cb incoming as well.
    Gibbs I’m unsure of, hasn’t he had a poor injury record?

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Do you’s think Rafa will sell every player we have or will I say players you’s lot don’t like/rate?

    Players like Anita and Colback will be kept as both players can play in different roles and can fill roles when our first team players are out injured!

    Rafa will mostly focus on our players who are out of contract,to many places filled and out on loan players before checking out our rotated squad,this is how top managers work and basically how to stay in the PL.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17


    I think Mbemba could be staying if Hanley is listed as we have 4 first team CB’s.

    If Rafa goes for Harry then Hanley will be off first as Rafa will know there’s no point in having 5 CB’s

    Gibbs though could be a possibility as Haidara could be sold on,but I think it’s paper talk especially coming from the Sun paper.

  • hibbit

    May 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    NezzaNUFC @ 15

    if that is the case Anita should be dealt with first as he’s out of contract very soon !!!
    unless i’ve missed an announcement by the club ????

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Anita and Colback struggled in the championship and they will again in the prem.

    End of.

  • toontaff2

    May 15, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    RAFA also tried The Choker and Taffy Dummett at centre-half in the final game. Definitely no need for more than 4 specialist centre-halves.
    WelshMackem9, Colback, Anita and certainly Dummett have certainly not been carried! Dummett will be staying and the other 2 are unlikely to go any time, soon!
    Gouff did well, this season, but probably should be released.
    Perez and Mitro will also probably stay.

  • AncientC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    I would be seriously worried if the club keeps on ‘jack of all trade, master of none’ type players. It would prove the club has not changed strategy since the Pardew days.

  • toontaff2

    May 15, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    WM9, Lots of our players struggled in the Championship, for various reasons.
    We need at least 2 players for each position, 3 goalies and players like Anita, Colback, Dummett, Hayden can cover several positions, so are essential.

  • toontaff2

    May 15, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    We still have a lot to shift on and need to upgrade the first team and back up squad players gradually.
    Priority is to shift on the players like Riviere, Vuckic, Saivet, who have no future, here. Easier said than done, when they are on decent wages and are shyte!

  • toontaff2

    May 15, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    If we need 2/3 defenders, 2 midfielders, 1/2 wingers, 1/2 forwards , up to 9 players, we will have to keep 2/3 of our current first team squad!

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Of course they have been carried, only reason dummett was playing because hiadara was injured and Lazaar couldn’t even get a game, Hayden and Shelvey was the perfect pair, when colback played he just pass the ball sideways or backwards, as for Anita, no way he’s a right back, Yedlin with Ritchie was a perfect balance, Rafa just wanted to put him somewhere.

  • G

    May 15, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    I agree that Anita should deffo be offered a new deal. He’s certainly earned it. Never seen Vern carried in a game like?

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Rafa will have this planned, he uses a 4-2-3-1 formation for many reasons.


    GK- Elliot,Darlow,Krull,Sels – 2 GK will be sold(Krull and Sels) 1 GK will be brought up from the youths or Rafa will have an eye on a rising star probably younger than 18 year old.

    RB- Yedlin,Gamez – 1 needs to be sold (Gamez) another coming in.

    LB-Dummet,Haidara,Lazaar – 2 to be sold (Lazaar,Haidara) 1 coming in.

    CB- Clark,Hanley,Lascelles,Mbemba – 1 can be sold (Hanley) 1 coming in.

    CM- Shelvey,Anita,Colback,Hayden – 0 will be sold unless replaced but in hindsight to improve 2 could be replaced if better.

    Wingers- Ritchie! we need 3 wingers

    AMC- Perez,Diame- sell 1 or 2 bring in 2

    STK- Mitro,Murphy,Gayle – sell 1 bring in 1 or 2

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    We need at least

    Another right back to go with Yedlin.
    2 left backs.
    Another centre back.
    2 left wingers
    1 right winger to go with Ritchie.
    One Prolific goal scorer.

  • AncientC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Is Anita going to be worth what it would cost to keep him though? He can walk on a free now and get a 4 year contract elsewhere. The club would need to match other offers on the table for him. If we could keep Anita for 1 more year that would be great, but Anita is likely to want the security of a long term contract, which will be his last one at 28 years old.

  • AncientC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    That’s not forgetting Anita will likely be due a few million in signing on fee at a new club.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31


    Anita has not been carried same with Colback as they are both rotated players,you sell those 2 asap as you state and we are short of CM’s

    Anuta as I’ve explained is a versatile player which needs to be kept not sold,Colback though can be replaced if one is in line to replace him(maybe another playmaker or Hayden type player)

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #32

    We should try what a few prem teams been doing this season, 343 formation.

  • Belfast

    May 15, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    The blue logo makes that kit look tacky as ferk.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34


    More work on our full backs?

    Never happen mate.

    You need solid CM and CB for this to work as t why only top teams use this.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #35

    Rafa needs to be adventurous i think with his formation and tactics.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36


    Surly Rafa will have the funds to go out and find a solid CM and CB.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Saying that you would need top fullbacks for a 343

    Pardew tried this remember and look how that turned out

  • AncientC

    May 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Anita has only played 2 games in midfield last season, I certainly wouldn’t keep him on because he can play in MF. How likely is he to get more than 2 games in MF a season after squad improvements.

  • toontaff2

    May 15, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Player Pos Contract Duration

    2 Ciaran Clark DEF 06.2021
    3 Paul Dummett DEF tbc
    4 Jack Colback MID tbc
    5 Grant Hanley DEF 06.2021
    6 Jamaal Lascelles DEF tbc
    7 Achraf Lazaar DEF 06.2021
    8 Vurnon Anita MID 06.2017
    9 Dwight Gayle FWD 06.2021
    11 Matt Ritchie MID 06.2021
    12 Jonjo Shelvey MID 06.2021
    14 Isaac Hayden DEF 06.2021
    15 Mo Diame MID 06.2019
    16 Rolando Aarons MID 06.2021
    17 Ayoze Perez FWD 06.2021
    18 Chancel Mbemba DEF 06.2020
    19 Massadio Haidara DEF 06.2018
    20 Yoan Gouffran MID 06.2017

    21 Rob Elliot GKR 06.2020
    22 DeAndre Yedlin DEF 06.2021
    26 Karl Darlow GKR tbc
    27 Jesus Gamez DEF 06.2018
    28 Matz Sels GKR 06.2021
    30 Christian Atsu MID 05.2017
    33 Daryl Murphy FWD 06.2018
    34 Sammy Ameobi MID 06.2017
    35 Dan Barlaser MID tbc
    36 Ben El-Mhanni FWD tbc
    37 Stuart Findlay DEF tbc
    38 Curtis Good DEF 06.2018
    42 Jamie Sterry DEF 06.2020
    45 Aleksandar Mitrovic FWD 06.2020
    (1) Tim Krul GKR 06.2018
    (10) Siem De Jong MID 06.2020
    (23) Henri Saivet MID 06.2021
    (29) Emmanuel Riviere FWD tbc
    (32) Adam Armstrong FWD 06.2020
    (41) Freddie Woodman GKR 06.2020
    (43) Kevin Mbabu DEF 06.2018
    – Florian Thauvin MID 06.2020

  • Budge123

    May 15, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Belfast – I think the logo makes it look quite modern?
    It’s reminiscent of Super dry style products?

    Perhaps not for those long in the tooth (like me) but I can see it appealing to a youthful market.


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