Rafael Benitez says commitment of his players is more important than quality ahead of Liverpool clash

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The Newcastle manager was pleased with the spirit shown against Manchester City and believes his side can take points from any stadium.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told reporters, as quoted by the Chronicle, that the commitment he has seen from his players this week is even more important than their quality and means they can take points from any stadium.

The Magpies secured their first win under the Spanish boss with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City las Saturday, and followed that result up with an impressive spirited display in a 1-1 draw with Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City in midweek.

The relegation battlers now face a trip to Anfield to face Benitez's former side Liverpool tomorrow as they look to strengthen their survival bid by getting a positive result against the in-form Reds.

Benitez says the mood in the Newcastle camp in much brighter after their four-point return and insists the commitment and fight shown by his players means they should believe they can avoid defeat on Merseyside.

The 55-year-old said, as quoted by the Chronicle: "Obviously [the mood] is much better. I think the fans appreciate the effort of the players on the pitch and the players appreciate the support of the fans in the stands so I think that everybody is happy because the performance was quite good. It could be even better, [we were] lucky at the end, but against a team like City I think we have to be pleased.

"More than the quality that we have is the passion, the commitment, the work rate that we put on the pitch. I think the players were fantastic in this way, and after you do all these things, well, then you can see the quality. The main thing is to keep this commitment and if we can do that, I think we can get points at any stadium.

"What I expect from the team now in an away game against a Liverpool team that is in form is at least to see the fight, to see the work that we have seen in the last two games at home. We know that when the fans travel they expect everything from our players and that is what I expect at the same time. I am sure that they will try but we have to try even when things are wrong because that is the way to stay up."

Newcastle go into the match just two points adrift of safety after their much-improved week, but face a tough task against a Liverpool side who are unbeaten in six and have won their last four in all competitions.

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