- Rafa Benitez insists Newcastle will do former club Liverpool no favours in title race
- Toon host title-chasing Reds at St. James' Park next weekend with Jurgen Klopp's side eager to keep the heat on Man City
- The home-side are currently placed 13th on the EPL log, while Liverpool are one point adrift of league leaders, Man City
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez insists his side will do everything possible to end Liverpool’s title hopes this weekend.
According to UK Sun report, the former Reds manager expects the Toons to be at their best when they play hosts to Jurgen Klopp’s side at St. James Park on Saturday, May 4.
Responding to claims about fans believing he will not field a strong team against his former employers, the Spaniard, who also managed Chelsea said: “We will do what we have done the whole season and that’s try to win the game.
“We play at home in front of our own fans and will try to do our best.
“It’s my responsibility to look after Newcastle and if I was on the other side, I would be expecting the opposition to do their best and the manager to try his best,” he stressed.
Benitez current contract expires in a few weeks and discussions over a possible extension have commenced.
And during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, Newcastle fans pleaded with the Spaniard, to keep faith with the club and pen an extension.
“I’m really pleased with the fans, at home and away.
“Especially the fans who come such a long distance, to support the team and their manager. I’m really pleased with that.
“It’s the same as I said before, if we have any news we will let you know. Now, it’s just the game.
“Hopefully, we will have some meetings in the next week and then we will see where we are.
“It needs to be sooner rather than later, because that will be good for both parties,” the 59-year-old Benitez added.
Meanwhile, Newcastle was in-form forward Ayoze Perez may not be fit for the upcoming fixture after limping off with a hip injury, moments after scoring his fifth goal in three matches.
“I’m in pain right now and it’s very sore.
“I got a kick in the hip and I couldn’t run any more.
“I tried to stay on the pitch but I wasn’t able to give 100 per cent. Hopefully, in a couple of days I will be fit and ready for the next one. I hope it’s just bruising. I couldn’t turn, I couldn’t sprint.
“I tried to chase one of their players and I couldn’t do it. That was the moment I knew I had to go off.
“And I couldn’t even celebrate the goal properly. I tried to ignore the pain and just smash the ball in but straight after I was in agony.
“I told the guys while we were celebrating I couldn’t stay on any longer. I wanted to but I couldn’t.
“I’m really pleased with the goal and very happy to keep scoring goals for Newcastle.
“It feels very sweet and like I’m playing some good football as well as scoring goals. A striker can’t ask for more than that.
“I guess this is the best run of form in my career. It’s been a great couple of weeks for me, scoring five goals.
“I’m looking forward to getting fit again and going against Liverpool," noted the 25-year-old Perez.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Liverpool vs Huddersfield ended in a 5-0 thumping of visitors as the Reds return to the summit of the Premier League.
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