Rafa Benitez has given his Liverpool press conference before Saturday’s game.

Considering just how regularly games between the two clubs have been shown live on TV, they have missed a treat with one.

Whether it will be a treat for Newcastle fans is open to question, at least not until the final whistle with point(s) gained, but for neutrals the return of Rafa Benitez to his former club – with so much riding on it – would no doubt be very entertaining to see.

Rafa revealed that at last there is some competition at the back for places, with Kevin Mbabu now available for selection.

However, the United boss also confirmed that yet again Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini will be missing.

Having said that, after the last two matches it is surely open to question whether Benitez would have changed things at the back, Sergio Aguero’s offside goal the only one conceded in the last three hours of football.

First quotes from Rafa Benitez at his Liverpool press conference:

“The competition between players is really important, especially at the end of the season when there are really important games.

“Before the game, you’re always thinking about getting three points – it doesn’t matter about the name of your rivals.

“We are fighting and they are fighting. They have a good manager and they have good players. The atmosphere will be fantastic.

“We know about our away form and it’s not the best, but the reaction of the players these last two games showed me that we can improve.

“Everything that people say about Liverpool I already know at first hand – the atmosphere between the Geordies and Scousers will be electric.

“We have got to believe, I’m not just happy with just two good games. We have to fight to the end.”