Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez refuses to rule out Liverpool return

Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion scores their first goal past Robert Elliot of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle

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. And I wish Jurgen Klopp a lot of success.

Following Sunday's clash with Jurgen Klopp's side, the Magpies have a two week break thanks to global matches before making the long journey down to the south coast to take on Southampton. With the Spartak Moscow game showing that he can be successfully integrated into Liverpool's triumvirate attack, the only question now remains whether Klopp chooses Daniel Sturridge or Roberto Firminho to spearhead his team. He played a pivotal role in the last Premier League game, when Liverpool beat Leicester City at King Power Stadium, scoring a fantastic goal from free-kick after a great assist to Mohamed Salah.

"The big improvement of this team in the moment is that we really create a lot. That has changed, that has changed and we've made a big step in this".

"The question is where we are, where we want to be and what we have to do to be there".

Rafa Benitez regrets that he was denied the chance to build a dynasty at Liverpool.

Benitez will be tasked with picking up a huge three points over his former team on Sunday at St.James' Park but, asked by the Daily Mail if he harboured hopes of taking up the reins there again, the 57-year-old opted to remain coy.

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The Spaniard enjoyed a six-year spell in charge at Anfield - a period that saw Liverpool secure four trophies including the 2005 Champions League - before his departure in June 2010.

Klopp is yet to earn his first silverware after nearly two years in charge, but Benitez is confident the German is capable of adding to the club's lengthy list of honours.

However they succumbed 1-0 away to fellow promoted side Brighton last week, and the former Reds star says he is anxious about the quality that Rafael Benitez's side possess to compete with the big boys in the top flight. "At Newcastle, I always say that the colours dictate the club".

"They have everything in place to do well, but they are competing against some very good sides".

"It hasn't come at the right time".

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