Benitez: It’s hard to say whether today’s Liverpool are better than mine
Newcastle head coach Rafael Benitez said it was difficult for him to compare the current Liverpool with the team which he had won the Champions League with in 2005, but Jurgen Klopp had one distinct advantage then.
On Wednesday, Benitez, along with the Magpies, will come to Anfield to compete with the Premier League leaders. Earlier in his career, Benitez worked at the Merseyside Club for six years, having won the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Rafael doesn’t want to say whether Liverpool are better now than in his times, but he notes that it is no longer necessary for the Reds to sell their players to buy new ones.
Benitez believes that Liverpool are absolutely definitely better regarding available players now. In his time at the club, it was necessary to sell key performers, who went to Real and Barca, in order to acquire new players. Jurgen Klopp hasn’t such problem. Having spent on Fabinho and Keita, they also save Henderson and Wijnaldum at the club. When you already have quality players and you invite more, you get a good composition.
Jurgen Klopp has to work with the players’ rotation, but it is a pleasant headache. In any case, the Reds’ starting eleven will be very powerful, Benítez confesses. This moment determines the difference between Liverpool today and at Benitez’ times at the club.
(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)