Carragher says Newcastle reminded him of Benitez's Liverpool

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Pundit was impressed by Newcastle United's defensive set up.

Jamie Carragher has told SkySports Monday Night Football he saw a glimmer of Rafa Benitez's old Liverpool sides in Newcastle United's performance against Leicester City.

While the Foxes beat Newcastle 1-0 in Benitez's first game in charge, Carragher said he could see the defensive improvements made by the Spaniard already.

Speaking after the game at the King Power Stadium, he said: "It took me back to what we did at Liverpool, very organised, very compact, and difficult to play through."

Leicester managed just one shot on target in the match, but crucially it was a decisive one, with Shinji Okazaki netting a bicycle kick.

Benitez had just the weekend to impart his influence after taking over from Steve McClaren on Friday, and Carragher believes he must be more expansive in his approach when Newcastle host Sunderland at the weekend in a must-win derby game.

He said: "That sort of set up will have to change against Sunderland, they are at home, and they struggle to score goals.

"Newcastle have problems at both ends. It's difficult to beat Leicester, but their goal record tells you everything."

Newcastle struggled to break Leicester down and rarely looked like threatening, despite playing for their Premier League lives. When they did get through on goal, players were unwilling to take shots on, preferring to pass it, and lifting the confidence of the squad in the week is a must for Benitez, with the team now having lost four straight games.

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