By Russell Edge

1st Mar, 2018 | 4:19pm

Collymore raves over one man in bold Newcastle relegation verdict - predicts Liverpool clash

Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has said that he feels Newcastle United will survive in the Premier League this season thanks to the managerial skills of Rafael Benitez.

The Magpies are fighting to stay in England’s top flight following their promotion from the Championship last season, but despite having finished top of the second tier they are the sitting lowest of the three promoted sides in 15th, just two points off the drop zone.

They could have found themselves sitting higher in the table had they managed to retain their two goal lead away at Bournemouth last weekend, but conceded two late goals to be handed a single point, with a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the game, Collymore was left raving about Benitez’s talents from the dugout, and boldly stated he will be the deciding factor in their relegation battle, although does not think that they will get anything from their clash against the Reds on Saturday.

Predicting a 3-1 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men, he told Betstars: “Rafa Benitez will keep Newcastle up. I think the performance against Manchester United showed that he now has them fighting as a team, as individuals and as a group.

“The players that have come in have done quite well, he’s been working on a tight budget. Rafa has had to wheel and deal in that kind of environment but there are three worse sides than Newcastle in the Premier League.

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“I think Liverpool are irresistible at home, if they get the first goal then it could be a case of pick a number as Newcastle tend not to score a lot of goals.”

Newcastle managed to rescue a 1-1 draw with Liverpool when the Reds visited St James’ Park earlier in the season, Joselu netting an equaliser after Philippe Coutinho had rifled home an exceptional striker to give his side the lead.

In other Newcastle United news, there has been a surprise sighting of a midfield colossus in training after a Benitez call.

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