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Jurgen Klopp trolls Rafa Benitez ahead of Newcastle United vs Liverpool

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Just when Liverpool fans thought they had found form again, they slumped to an underwhelming draw away to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Reds were dominant in Russia, enjoying 60% possession and attempting 17 shots at goal, yet they were forced to settle for a point.

Jurgen Klopp described the game as "crazy" in his post-match interview and seemed in disbelief that his side hadn't come away with victory.

"It was a crazy game," said the German. "To create all those chances and only score one goal feels average.

"What can I say? We created, created and created. Where is the real point for criticism? We tried with all we had. The effort was great.

"We have to be more clinical 100 per cent for sure. The only way to change it is to do it again."

Liverpool found their shooting boots during last weekend's 3-2 win over Leicester City and will need to replicate that kind of performance against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Newcastle's home form has been pretty decent this season - they've won two and lost one, to Tottenham - and so will represent tough opponents.

Liverpool v Burnley - Premier League

The fact Liverpool will go head-to-head with Rafa Benitez at St James' Park only ups the ante and now Klopp has fired shots at the former Reds boss.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp was asked about the significance of facing Benitez, to which he responded:

"I met him once when he was manager of Liverpool, we beat him 5-0 with Mainz. Hopefully he remembers that.”

Burn. Back in 2006, in a pre-season friendly, Benitez fielded a strong Liverpool side against Mainz but saw his players dismantled 5-0 by Klopp's men.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United - Premier League

Benitez cut a rejected figure after the game, saying: "We know we need to correct things. We made a lot of mistakes.

"We need to analyse why things have been going wrong and work hard to fix them. The only positive to take from the game in Mainz is that it was a pre-season match."

Safe to say Benitez won't want a repeat when Newcastle host Liverpool on Saturday, but the mind games have already begun.

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