Rafa Benitez has refused to rule out what would be an incredible return to Liverpool at some point in the future.
The Newcastle boss is preparing to welcome his former side to St James’s Park on Sunday in a highly-anticipated reunion.
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Benitez is regarded by Reds as one of the most successful Liverpool managers of modern times after winning the Champions League, Super Cup and FA Cup during his six-year spell with the club.
Whilst finding it impossible to rule out a potential second stint, the Spaniard has remained characteristically respectful of Jurgen Klopp’s long-term project on Merseyside.
He said: “I didn’t get too many chances to go back. But that is football, you never know,” as reported by the Mirror.
“Have I come close? The job is quite difficult. I have been in Italy or Madrid or moving around. It has to be the right time. When you have problems and are available, they might be doing well.”
“I am getting older but for a manager still a young manager.”
“I don’t want to say (I will go back). I am really pleased here. I am happy here. And I wish Jurgen Klopp a lot of success.”
“But in the future….. I want to be successful here. And what happens in the future you never know.”
“We won four trophies, semi finals too in that short period. If you see the money we spent, and the money they’ve spent in the past years, the fans appreciate that.”
Benitez, unsurprisingly, remains a popular figure amongst Liverpool supporters thanks to not only the success he brought to the club but the connection he has maintained since continuing his managerial career elsewhere.
Knowledge of how organised the 57-year-old set the Reds up has also, however, given fans good reason to believe he will make his Newcastle team a difficult task to overcome this weekend.
A Benitez-inspired side will be no pushovers.