Confirmed: Benitez reveals how Newcastle will tackle rampant Liverpool threat
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that his side will need to play like they did for the first two thirds of their draw against Bournemouth if they are to stand a chance of securing a result against Liverpool.
The Magpies enjoyed 75 minutes of football on the south coast on Saturday, as they headed into the final quarter of an hour with a two goal advantage thanks to Dwight Gayle’s first half brace, which saw them go into half time 2-0 up.
However the Cherries fought back and managed to snatch a 2-2 draw in front of their own fans, leaving Newcastle three points behind them and just two points ahead of the teams in the relegation zone.
While Benitez and his side would have always been hoping for three points, their desire would have been strengthened by their daunting fixture list, which sees them visit a rampant Liverpool side at Anfield next weekend.
The Reds go into the clash off the back of a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham, with Emre Can netting the club’s 100th goal of the season across all competitions before Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all netted.
However, Benitez says what he saw from his side against Bournemouth was positive enough to challenge Jurgen Klopp’s men, as he returns to his former side.
He told the Telegraph: “What we must do there is play as we did for 70 minutes at Bournemouth.
“You have to keep going until the game ends but you have to stay calm and make the right decisions.
“We have a situation where we are creating chances but missing a little bit this experience or quality.”
The Magpies managed to pull off a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park, with Joselu’s goal cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.
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