Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has hailed Liverpool for their brilliant season, as he prepares his side to face them at St James’ Park on Saturday night.
The Magpies host Premier League title challengers Liverpool at the weekend and have picked up seven points from their last three games.
Meanwhile, the Merseyside club sit second in the table behind Manchester City with two games to go and have a mammoth 91 points on the board.
Liverpool remarkably might not have enough to win the top-flight title, but can shift pressure on to Manchester City if they win their next game to overtake the.
They do go into the weekend’s fixture on the back of a crushing 3-0 away defeat to Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final first leg.
Ex-Liverpool boss Benitez belives his former side have been excellent this term under Jurgen Klopp.
But he is at the Newcastle helm right now and does have faith in his own team to cause an upset.
“They (Liverpool) are having a great season. You could see against Barcelona that they were in control until [Lionel]Messi decided it had to be different,” Benitez said in his press conference, as cited by the Chronicle.
“Everything about Liverpool now is that they are doing great. They are favourites but, if we do everything right, we have a chance.”
Liverpool have been an exceptional team this season regardless of the next couple of weeks, but if they finish without any silverware then unfortunately the team will be forgotten.
The Reds are on the verge of a Champions League exit unless they can pull off a famous turnaround at Anfield, which leaves the league as the best hope of the trophy.
Klopp’s team have got to win their two league fixtures and hope that Manchester City slip up.
Before hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers away on the final day, they have a possible tricky fixture away at an in-form Newcastle.
Benitez will not be doing his former side any favours and he’s got his current group at St James’ Park defensively hard to break down.