Rafa Benitez Liverpool press conference – Confirms 2 out injured but others ok
The Rafa Benitez press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The United boss confirming that two players are missing through injury but the rest are fine.
Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still not available for selection but Florian Lejeune is back in the squad.
Rafa says that with Sunday’s opponents, you can maybe ‘talk about whether they defend well or not’ but you can’t argue about their attacking prowess.
The Newcastle manager believing that Liverpool are ‘very offensive and normally have a lot of chances’.
The Liverpool fans have been growing frustrated on both fronts, the fact that their defence has let in 19 goals already this season (all competitions) and the front players aren’t finishing the numerous chances.
Hopefully those are the still the main two topics of conversation for the visiting fans after Sunday’s match.
Rafa Benitez Liverpool press conference:
“It’s a special game for me. It will be emotional. At the same time, we will try our best and will try to win.
“My family still lives (on Merseyside) and there are a lot of connections. I have to focus on Newcastle United.
“The fans and the cities have a lot of similarities. The accent is hard – both the Scouse and Geordie accents… I’m very bad at both.
“I have met Jurgen Klopp at UEFA coaches meetings. He is a great manager doing a good job. Hopefully Liverpool play well after this game.
“We lost against Brighton and we have to change things quickly. We have to be ready for anything. It’s a long season.
“People say Liverpool are weak in defence but they are strong in attack. We need to be strong, be solid, don’t give them a chance to create.
“We always try to win. I’m not thinking about anything else…we always try to get three points.
“They have a lot of chances in every game. The main thing for us to stay solid and not give them so many.
“We can talk about whether they defend well or not, but not if they attack badly because they will still get chances, so we have to be solid.
“They’re very offensive and normally they have a lot of chances so it will be a tough game.”
(Read what Jurgen Klopp had to say at his press conference HERE)
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