Rafa Benitez issues worrying injury update on Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey

Carrie Guzman
March 3, 2018

"It is quite hard when you see Man City playing yesterday and they deserve to be first, it is not too bad what they are doing and that means if you only can be really happy if you have one point more than Man City that would be hard for all other teams in the world at this moment. If it stays like this it will help us for sure". It's more than a cold, ' Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.

Rafael Benítez was manager of @LFC when this happened in 2007...

Both Rafa Benitez and his team have had decent results whenever they have visited Anfield in the last couple of games. I got a really good first touch, steadied myself, and I just hit it beyond the goalkeeper before he could react, and I think there was a split second of silence before the whole of Anfield erupted.

"We could draw all our games between now and the end of the season and nobody wants that, so it is important that we continue to win games". As things stand, the Merseysiders are placed third in the table with 57 points.

"I am saying in reality "Keep going boys because you are doing excellent with decent people around you". The main thing is to do the work".

Meanwhile, Benitez has confirmed that Jonjo Shelvey will miss the game against his former club because of a knee problem picked up in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.

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But it's that 1996 encounter that sticks out and it's the game that's really held up as the yardstick by which others are judged, so is it really the best there's been? We have not had too much luck, but we have been able to rotate in this area pretty much through the season. My family are still there and the connection is still there. "We have to be strong enough mentally and physically to compete with them". We will fly to Liverpool. They are unbeaten in their last four league games, and this run includes a 1-0 home win over Manchester United. "We have to go with confidence and replicate our positives from the last few games".

For Newcastle, loan signing Islam Slimani is still not available to make his debut as he is injured for 2 weeks.

The journey from Southampton to Liverpool is well worn with the Reds poaching the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren among others since the Saints' return to the Premier League in 2012. [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mane, anyone can be a threat.

It's also lends a sense, perhaps a false sense, of Liverpool v Newcastle being one of the season's big games.

Jack Lang doesn't think the Magpies will spring a surprise at Anfield on Saturday evening.

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