Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has urged the club's hierarchy to 'match the ambition of the fans' in the future following their narrow 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at St James' Park.
It was a spirited display from the hosts, who twice came from behind in the game before eventually falling to Divock Origi's header in the 86th minute (one which came from a controversial free kick after Fabinho fell to the floor with minimal contact).
The defeat to his former club could potentially be Benitez's final home game in charge of the Magpies, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season. The Spaniard has revealed that talks have taken place about extending his stay in the north east, but nothing is finalised yet.
Speaking post-match to Sky Sports, he said: "
"It's always special when you do well and have to go around and see smiles on the fans' faces, it's emotional but really good at the same time.
Rafa Benitez showing again why he is one of the best. Shoestring budget yet has Newcastle competing with one of the best sides in Europe in Liverpool. Credit to him.— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) May 4, 2019
"It's so simple, you have the potential, you can feel the potential and the passion of the fans and what it means to them.
⚽️ Newcastle have 2 players scoring 10+ PL goals in a season for the 1st time since 2011-12— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 4, 2019
18-19 - Ayoze Perez (11), Salomon Rondon (10)
11-12 - Demba Ba (16), Papiss Cisse (13) pic.twitter.com/mIgyOY2IYK
He added: "
"I'm proud of this group of players, to stay up was a good achievement and to today against one of the best teams in Europe from the beginning until the end is something every Newcastle fan can be pleased and happy about."
Source : 90min