Arsenal legend Ian Wright has suggested in The Sun that Newcastle United staving off relegation would be a bigger achievement for Rafael Benitez than winning the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.
Back in 2005, Liverpool staged a stunning comeback against AC Milan in the final of the Champions League.
The Premier League outfit were 3-0 down at half time at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but they scored thrice in quick succession in the opening minutes of the second period.
The match eventually went into a penalty shootout, which the Reds won 3-2 to write what is arguably the biggest comeback story in Champions League history.
Benitez was in charge of Liverpool at the time, and he is still revered by the Merseyside club’s fans.
Former Arsenal striker Wright has suggested that it would be a bigger achievement for the Spaniard if he guided Newcastle to safety in the Premier League.
“The Toon have looked a totally different team since Benitez got hold of them, and the fans are just praying they didn’t wait too long before giving him a call,” the former England international wrote in The Sun.
“I know they’re not out of the woods yet and Sunderland have a game in hand, but with Villa next up, you wouldn’t back against Rafa completing a comeback even more important than THAT one in Istanbul with Liverpool.”
Newcastle are outside the Premier League relegation zone at the moment, but they have to depend on Sunderland and Norwich City results between now and the end of the season.