The Newcastle United players were training on Friday ahead of the Premier League game against Liverpool this weekend.
Newcastle will head into the match against Liverpool away from home at Anfield on Saturday afternoon on the back of a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
The Magpies’ performance and result against City at St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening was quite encouraging.
Winning against Liverpool at Anfield will not be easy, but Newcastle do need to pick up all three points in order to maintain a realistic chance of staving off relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.
The players were training hard on Friday, although midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was caught on camera sharing a joke with coach Ian Cathro (see photo below).
Benitez was very serious during Friday’s training session (see photos below), and he seemed very determined to win on Saturday.
The Spaniard is a former Liverpool manager and achieved huge success with the Merseyside outfit.
The former Real Madrid coach won the FA Cup and the Champions League once each with the Reds.
Benitez is likely to receive a warm welcome from the Anfield faithful on Saturday, but for now he seems focused on winning the match for Newcastle.