Benitez reacts to draw in return to Anfield: “Geordies and Scousers on my side”

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Rafa Benitez needed to be all business during this return to Anfield, as Newcastle United needs points to stay alive in the Premier League.

The former Liverpool manager, who helped author so many memorable Reds comebacks, was behind one for the opposition in Saturday’s 2-2 draw.

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That doesn’t mean the experience wasn’t a bit bizarre for the 56-year-old Spaniard, and he admitted he’s rooting for Liverpool moving forward.

From the BBC:

“My relationship with the [Liverpool] fans and club and city is good. It was very emotional at the beginning. Hopefully Liverpool can win the Europa League. Jurgen [Klopp] is doing a great job.”

“When you are bottom of the table and can still see this spirit and fight you have to be pleased. It’s a bigger step for us because we can keep believing. every game now for us is massive. I have the Geordies and the Scousers on my side.”

That’s quite a battling pair of backers. Newcastle is even on points but has played two more matches than Sunderland, and is one behind Norwich City. The Magpies have played one more game than the Canaries.