Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team for the game at Anfield this afternoon – in the late kickoff game and Rafa has made some unexpected changes.
As expected in comes Mikel Merino for the injured Jonjo Shelvey but both Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu have been named on the wings.
Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez drop to the bench for this game – so that’s 3 changes for the game today.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 3, 2018
Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez – in this fixture two years ago
This is what Rafa has said about the game at his press conference yesterday:
“I think the team were doing well against Bournemouth. And watching the game on the video, it was a pity because we had so many chances to score the third goal and finish the game.”
“But we didn’t do it. What we have to do is learn from that.”
“We were watching what we did well, what we could improve in attack and what we have to improve in defence and to be sure that we manage this type of game better when we are winning 2-0.”
“We know that when we played Liverpool here, they had possession but the pace to play on the counter-attack.”
“It is not like we can control the game by passing the ball because as soon as they regain, they are really good.”
“You saw against Porto in the Champions League, the way they were playing on the counter attack.”
“But then when they have the ball, the way they pass the ball, the pace and the ability they have, it is so difficult that you have to have this confidence coming from the game against Manchester United and the first half against Bournemouth.”
Howay The Lads!!
We need another miracle.