Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says Liverpool are vulnerable at the back
Last Updated: 29/09/17 5:12pm
Rafael Benitez believes Newcastle can take advantage of Liverpool’s defensive frailties at St James' Park on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp's side have not kept a clean sheet in their past six matches, while conceding 13 goals.
Benitez admits he is wary of Liverpool's attacking talent but believes their weaknesses at the back could prevent them from challenging for trophies this season.
He said: "The reality is that because they are so offensive, they have sometimes problems in defence.
"I have talked in the past about the short blanket - if you cover your head, your feet are cold; if you cover your feet, your head is cold. Sometimes when you attack too much, you are exposed in defence and to find the balance is the key to have chances to win titles.
"I think they are working on that and still I think they will be very dangerous attacking even if they make some mistakes in defence."
Benitez enjoyed six years in charge at Anfield and won four trophies, including the Champions League.
The 57-year-old admits he still holds a soft spot for the Reds but insists his loyalties will not be split on Sunday.
He said: "It's a special game for me. It will be emotional because I had so many years, so many good memories. Still my family lives in Liverpool, so it's my home.
"I am feeling at home here, but the family is there. I have a lot of positive relationships with the fans, so I have very good memories and it will be very emotional.
"But at the same time, we'll try our best and we will try to win."