Benitez points to Liverpool defense as deficient

The former Liverpool striker says that he will always have "fond memories of Rafa Benitez", somebody who he describes as a "great manager".

I am going to predict that this game ends as a draw. It's not something that will change my approach, or that I will be more comfortable if I sign a 20-year-old contract. There are a lot of connections, and it will be very emotional.

"I have to concentrate on Newcastle United, trying to win", he said. I am really pleased here.

"Two weeks ago, when I was lying down on the sofa, I was not very happy". After the Champions League clash in midweek, Klopp may decide to vary his starting lineup with the likes of Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still to make a prominent contribution to the first team since their summer arrivals. "If you see the money we spent, and the money they've spent in the past years, the fans appreciate that". "Or is it allowed that we try to sort our things and improve?" "We know what we have to do better". The hard thing in a situation like this is to stay confident, to do it again and again and again. While these two players provide different attributes to the team, Shelvey was able to supply some forward-thrust for the Magpies who had otherwise looked short of ideas at times in facing a stiff Brighton defence. The left-back Paul Dummett can not help his teammates due to a hamstring injury, while fellow left-back Massadio Haidara is also sidelined with a knee injury.

Two of those six goals have come from corners, with Jamaal Lascelles netting both from Matt Ritchie's delivery.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet (GK); Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Andrew Robertson; Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho; Mo Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane.

This summer's arrival, Mohamed Salah, is already impressing as he is now the team's top scorer with six goals to his name, and will undoubtedly torture Newcastle defenders on this one.

Six of Newcastle's nine points have come at home too, meaning there is some optimism around St James' Park.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp. "It's a case of marking the runners, the pass and move Liverpool play, and if they can do that, then Newcastle can get a nice little result".

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