Liverpool fans have had plenty to say about Rafa Benitez ahead of Saturday’s match at Anfield.
Nice to have a manager at St James Park these days, who is still so well thought of at a former club.
You can read some great tributes below, as Liverpool fans show their appreciation and respect for somebody who did so well for them.
Many of them also recognising the job he is now doing in very difficult circumstances at Newcastle United.
Amongst the touching comments though, there is still one that stands out for me.
One Liverpool supporter declaring that at last Newcastle fans have a manager once again who they can treat with the same respect as ‘Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robinson’!
That would be SIR Bobby Robinson (ROBSON in case you hadn’t caught on!) by the way…
‘Rafa has never lost against Liverpool, let’s end that record on Saturday.’
‘You only have to watch the (Man) Utd game a couple weeks ago to see Rafa can still set a team up to defend extremely well. Could do with a Salah screamer early on.’
‘We know Rafa will set them up well but, we are playing well and they just don’t have the quality to stop, or trouble us….famous last words.’
‘Basically Rafa has tried everything to get this team results as best as he can with the players at his disposal. The problem is, at Newcastle at this current time, there is simply insufficient talent in key areas of the pitch. Ashley should have backed them in the summer and didn’t.’
‘I’ve never met a Newcastle fan who doesn’t look back at that (90s) era with starry eyes, and after a turbulent period of time at their club, which is still under the rather large shadow of Mike Ashley, they now a manager who they can hold up with the same respect as Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robinson.’
‘It will be tough. Rafa will set them up well. I will take a narrow 1-0 win right now.
My ship is coming in.’
‘For Liverpool, how we react to whatever tactical genius Rafa brings to the game will be the main factor. He’ll know how we will intend to play, and if anyone can formulate a plan to limit our scoring chances, it’s him.’
‘As much as I love Rafa, I want us to stuff Newcastle 4 or 5 nil, and have him crying all the way back to Geordie Land – there, I said it.
Impetus is everything at this stage in the season, and we need to be building towards something special – second place and the CL trophy. What a statement that would be.’
‘I fully expect that Rafa will have his side far better organized than Moyes did, and since he’s managed them we haven’t been able to beat them yet.
They’ll be compact and disciplined, but I am not sure what attacking threat they will have [West Ham have more]. I reckon their best chance will be a set piece. They’ll work hard and press.’
‘Its quite hard not to love Rafa, isnt it? We just love him.’
‘This will be a difficult game. Rafa will have them set up very well and tough to break down.
We need to be patient and concentrate defensively.’
‘I love Rafa and hope Newcastle could stay up, but we also need this 3 point to secure top 4, so a win please, sorry Rafa.’
‘Rafa is going to park the bus big time on us, isn’t he?’
‘The best part before this game, Rafa = the Mancs beater.’
‘We’ll have too much for them, but it’ll be an annoying game.
‘Even after we will have found an opener we should be very careful at the back.
The toons won’t crumble unlike the hammers did and will try to fight back tooth and nails to look for an equalizer,
So, I think we should not underestimate our next opposition, knowing who sits in their dug out, that magnificent strategist which Rafa Benitez can be deemed to be.’
‘Rafa will put all 11 players on his own goal line in this game.’
‘He should just let us win really. We always sing his name and stuff.’
‘I see it will be harder than most of us can expect to catch the three points,
Knowing the ilk of manager that sits in the toons dug out and the way he likely gears up their approach to the game to counter our offensive threat.’
‘Hope Rafa gets a good reception. A standing ovation wouldnt be out of place..and then we murder his team!’
‘I hope me too, we still love Rafa, as a human being and LFC Legend.’
‘I have to admit, it took me a very long time to recover from the emotional scars that were caused by the departure of Rafa from our club all those years ago. I feel we are finally on the cusp of hitting the same levels as we did in 2008/09, when we had the best midfield in the world, and that is praise indeed for this Klopp side.
Meanwhile, Rafa has found himself a new home among the black and white stripes where he is appreciated for the things he does best. There is clearly a huge amount of respect shared by both managers and as much as every red in the house would want to see Newcastle avoid the drop, just for Rafa if nothing else, this is just about the only fixture no red will want him to win.’