Newcastle will play a Liverpool side today in top form at the moment, and they are scoring a lot of goals.
It will be another test of Rafa’s Newcastle side today.
But if we can play as well as we did against Manchester United and for the first 70 minutes last week at Bournemouth, we could even take something from this game.
But that would be a surprise – although you never know what Rafa has in store for his former club.
Rafa will get another great welcome at Anfield this afternoon in a game that is being televised live around the world.
A smiling and confident Rafa Benitez
We were browsing some the Liverpool top blogs and saw this piece by Henry Jackson, a writer for This Is Anfield.
Henry brilliantly sums up why Rafa is still so revered by Scousers everywhere:
“Rafa is still loved by the majority of Liverpool supporters and if you don’t hold a special place for him in your heart as a Red, something’s a bit off.”
“First and foremost, he won the Champions League in his first season at the club, which immediately cemented legendary status.”
“He then turned the Reds into one of Europe’s best and most respected sides between 2006 and 2009.”
“Perhaps the main reason we love him, though, is because he just ‘got’, and still ‘gets’, the club.”
“He embraced the culture and the city – his family still lives on the Wirral – and just knew what was required of a manager of such a prestigious club.”
“He was anti-establishment, like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish, and had the balls to take on Fergie and Mourinho.”
“His tears at one of the Hillsborough services also showed another side to his character.”
We are hoping that when (and if) Rafa stays long term at Newcastle he can build another great team so the two Newcastle – Liverpool games each season will be extremely competitive.
If Rafa can do that we should be fighting for a top-six position again and it’s been a long time since we did that.
A win at Anfield today will show we may be closer to that than we think.
Here’s hoping, although not many Geordies think we can do this today against the in-form Reds.