Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez open to future return as Liverpool manager

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Liverpool can potentially score three or four goals here, but will most probably concede at least one, so I would go with the Reds' win with both teams to score.

"We have had some conversations internally", said Benitez. Rafa picked up the phone and asked me if I wanted to come back to Liverpool, it was probably the best phone call I've ever had in my life. 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. My family still live in Liverpool, so it is my home. They have already scored 10 of Liverpool's 12 goals this term.

Rafa Benitez says he doesn't believe there should be any "animosity" towards Georginio Wijnaldum on his return to St James's Park.

Toon have exceeded expectations upon their Premier League return by taking nine points out of a possible 18 under the Spaniard.

Lawrenson's damning verdict of the Magpies comes despite the club sitting 12th on the list of top scorers this season, with six, although the former Liverpool man is right in saying they pose a threat from set plays.

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

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"They did not create much against the Seagulls, let alone show that they have got anything to trouble the big teams".

Newcastle United will host Liverpool at St James' Park on Sunday evening in the last Premier League fixture before the worldwide break. "I'm not interested in the criticism - it shouldn't have any effect", said Klopp, who has Sadio Mane back from suspension.

Benitez has spent the last week preparing his players for Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, in which they will attempt to bounce back from last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Brighton which ended their three-game unbeaten run. Daniel Sturridge could replace him in the attack if Klopp decides to bench Firmino, but that remains to be seen.

Newcastle: Mikel Merino has been the midfield conductor at the heart of Newcastle's midfield, with the Spanish youngster looking hugely impressive with his performances.

Jurgen Klopp also has only two injury concerns with long-term absentees Nathaniel Clyne (muscular) and Adam Lallana (thigh) inching closer to fitness but still unavailable.

"He will play tomorrow and we will see, but Simon is the No. 1 and that's the situation".

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