Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference this afternoon for the game against Liverpool at home on Sunday which has a 4:30 pm kickoff.
We have a chance to get our 4th win of the season in seven games if we can beat the Reds, but of course, it will not be easy against such a good side.
To win Newcastle must carry out Rafa’s game plan almost to perfection but it’s certainly possible.
That would be great, and it would also move us up the league table before the International break.
Rafa Benitez – at press conference
Here are some of the points Rafa has made this afternoon:
“It’s a special game for me. It will be emotional. At the same time, we will try our best and will try to win.”
“My family still lives on Merseyside and there are a lot of connections. I have to focus on Newcastle United.”
“The fans and the cities have a lot of similarities. The accent is hard – both the Scouse and Geordie accents… I’m very bad at both.”
“I have met Jurgen Klopp at UEFA coaches meetings. He is a great manager doing a good job. Hopefully, Liverpool FC play well after this game.”
“People say Liverpool are weak in defense but they are strong in attack. We need to be strong, be solid, don’t give them a chance to create.”
“We lost against Brighton and we have to change things quickly. We have to be ready for anything. It’s a long season.”
“Coutinho is a great player. One of my former players, very talented.”
“I have a good relationship with Klopp. We were in contact about the Wijnaldum transfer. He’s a great manager for Liverpool”
“Only Dummett and Haidara are injured – Lejuene is available.”
Personal note – I’ll be out for the rest of the day; getting MRI tests and a full body bone scan at the Rex Hospital in Raleigh.