Rafa has just given his press conference for the very tough game at Anfield tomorrow, and he has confirmed that Jonjo Shelvey will not be available.
But the extent of his knee injury is still unknown.
Rafa Benitez – during press conference
Here are some of Rafa’s initial comments during the press conference:
“We don’t know how serious (Shelvey) at the moment, but we have to wait and see exactly how he is.” Gayle is fine, Ritchie is fine. Slimani is working hard to regain his fitness in training.”
“We need to try to get the same intensity. Liverpool are a great team.”
“We have had the indoor pitch and it was fine. We will train today on the grass.”
“The change of weather has made sure we’re awake and alert. I was telling Ayoze: ‘When you were in Tenerife, you couldn’t tell when it was Christmas, it’s always hot.'”
“We have indoor pitches so we worked hard there and we will train outside this afternoon.”
“The main thing is to win the game. It will be ‘all the best’ after the game.”
“We won so many things there and I enjoyed every minute. My family are still there. The connection is still there.”
Rafa will be going for a win in every single game of the ten remaining.
If we can beat Manchester United we can do well at Liverpool.