Rafa Benitez is still considered a hero at Anfield.
The Spaniard led Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, a night that Kopites will never forget.
Benitez’s side found themselves 3-0 down at half-time in Istanbul to an incredible AC Milan team but fought their way back to earn a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes.
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The Reds survived extra-time before winning their fifth European Cup on penalties.
The following year, Benitez won the FA Cup in very similar circumstances and he was very much adored on the Kop.
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So much so that Liverpool fans could be heard singing their new Benitez chant at almost every match during his time at the club.
With their boss signing several of his compatriots, the song had a very Spanish theme.
To the tune of La Bamba, it went:
La-la-la-la Benitez, Xabi Alonso, Garcia and Nunez.
But after Benitez was appointed as Newcastle manager last week, it didn’t take long for the Toon Army to create their own catchy edition to the song.
Watch the video below to hear it:
If you couldn’t make it out, the lyrics are:
Chancel Mbemba, Gino Wijnaldum, Shelvey & Perez
While the likes of Chancel Mbemba and Jonjo Shelvey don’t quite have the ability to match Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia, it’s still a pretty good effort from the Magpies.
Benitez arrives at St. James’ Park with a pretty impressive CV. As well as becoming a Liverpool legend for his Champions League victory, he won two La Liga titles whilst with Valencia - something that seems unimaginable now.
He also won the UEFA Cup with the Spanish club, completing a magnificent double in the 2003/04 campaign.
But it’s not just Liverpool that Benitez has had success with in England. He was appointed as interim manager at Chelsea in November 2012 and took charge at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season.
Despite a backlash from Chelsea fans upon his arrival, he led the side to a UEFA Cup triumph and a third place finish.
It’s clear that the Newcastle fans have taken to Benitez quickly and it’s vital that Benitez gets to work immediately.
Newcastle sit 19th in the league, one point adrift of North East rivals Sunderland but with a game in hand.
Benitez replaced Steve McClaren, who was sacked last week, but lost his first match in charge 1-0 against Leicester on Monday.
But Newcastle have two crunch fixtures upcoming that they must take something from if they are to survive relegation this season.
They host Sunderland on Sunday before playing Norwich in their next Premier League match.
These two matches are the definition of a ‘six pointer’ and will be crucial in determining which team will survive and which teams will be relegated.
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