Jamie Carragher has been speaking ahead of Sunday’s match at St James Park.
For the first time, Rafa Benitez will host Liverpool on Tyneside.
However, Carragher sees bad news ahead with divorce on the cards for Rafa and NUFC, the Sky Sports pundit telling Newcastle fans ‘So enjoy it while Rafa is here’.
The former Liverpool defender thinks it is inevitable that the manager and Mike Ashley will clash again and that it won’t be ‘a happy and long marriage’ for Rafa Benitez and the club.
In the shorter term though, Jamie Carragher has more positive news and declares that just because of Rafa’s presence ‘I don’t think there’s any chance of Newcastle going down’.
Back on the negative side though, he says it is impossible to turn Newcastle United into a force when Ashley limits the manager into buying a Stoke reserve such as Joselu to play up front.
Jamie Carragher speaking on Sky Sports:
“I don’t expect to see Rafa Benitez at Newcastle over a sustained, long period of time.
“I think eventually something will happen with him and the owner and unfortunately for Newcastle this is not going to be a happy and long marriage.
“So enjoy it while Rafa is here.
“You can’t turn Newcastle into a force if you’re buying players like Joselu, who was a squad player at Stoke, who Newcastle are probably going to rival this season, maybe in the bottom half of the table.
“I don’t think there’s any chance of Newcastle going down, just because of the manager.
“He is very pragmatic and he’ll make it very difficult.
“I don’t think Liverpool have got an easy game going to St James Park at the weekend. You saw how they were against Tottenham before they went down to 10 men.
“In every game Newcastle have, you will very rarely see them lose 4-0 or 5-0, as you might see teams in the bottom half of the table.
“I think that is where Newcastle will be but I don’t expect to see them in a relegation fight.”