"You never know" - Rafa Benitez open to Liverpool managerial return in future

"But at the same time, we'll try our best and we will try to win".

Seven years after departing the Liverpool dugout, Rafa Benitez has refused to rule out a return to the manager's role in the future. That is to coach, to improve players and to create a team that is competitive and can win games. "Newcastle won three on the trot but then lost at Brighton last weekend so it will be a tough game for both sides".

Despite conceding 11 goals in six Premier League matches, the Reds do have a pair of clean sheets, coming back-to-back against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

Klopp's side played a frustrating 1-1 with Spartak Moscow in Russian Federation on Tuesday, and that could affect their preparations for the game on Sunday.

Liverpool will be eager to record successive Premier League victories for the first time since August after the Reds ended a winless run with a 3-2 triumph over Leicester City last weekend. Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara will not feature for Newcastle, who could also be without Florian Lejeune.

For the hosts, Dwight Gayle is the favourite to score at 5/2 odds.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has come in for some criticism in recent weeks after a number of sloppy performances in defence. Prior to that moment, and for the remainder of the tilt, Liverpool have dominated and managed to equalize only eight minutes later thanks to excellent Philippe Coutinho, who played a neat one-two with Sadio Mane and convincingly scored.

Which XI will Klopp pick for the game?

It would certainly be a big departure from Newcastle's clash against Spurs earlier this term, but - with nothing to lose - the final day of the 2015-16 season, at home to the same side, showed just how an ambitious approach can pay off. The Fab Four will likely be on the pitch for the second-straight match, and although they produced only one goal at Spartak Moscow, the Magpies can potentially be destroyed on Sunday. They are playing superbly well but drawing a few games, and it's the three points we are after. Klopp should start with his exciting attacking quartet of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Salah. Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are still sidelined with back and hamstring injuries, respectively, so Klopp must decide between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez at the right-back position.

" I didn't get too many chances to go back.

  • Stacy Allen