Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez gives worrying update about upcoming January transfer window
Rafa Benitez does not believe Newcastle United will be making early moves in the January transfer window.
The Magpies boss returned to former club Liverpool on Boxing Day and could do nothing as the Reds cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win at Anfield.
While getting a result against the Premier League leaders was always unlikely, the result has left Newcastle just five points off the relegation zone.
Immediately after the defeat, Benitez was asked if the Magpies were close to an early breakthrough in the window, to which he told Chronicle Live: “No.”
Newcastle’s next Premier League fixtures
- Watford (A) – 29/12
- Manchester United (H) – 2/1
- Chelsea (A) – 12/1
- Cardiff City (H) – 19/1
- Manchester City (H) – 29/1
Then when asked if that worried him, the Spaniard simply responded by saying: “Yes.”
Owner Mike Ashley is currently out of the country on holiday, so Benitez is dealing with managing director Lee Charnley when it comes to transfers – although that is also proving to be a difficult task.
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Asked if Charnley has spoken to Ashley, he said: “Yes, I was talking with Lee Charnley and still I have the same feeling: that it will not be easy.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men doubled their lead when Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been brought down by Paul Dummett in the box, gifting the Egyptian the chance to score from the spot.
Plenty of fans were left outraged by he decision, with Benitez admitting he also felt the decision was harsh on his side.
“We didn’t take our chances,” he added. “We then made a mistake, we gave them hope and belief, and still we had so more moments in the first half when they were pushing but still, in the end, you go in at half-time 1-0 down.
“But then, in the second half, a soft penalty changed everything, and then now you have to explain why you concede four goals.
“But key moments for me – the first goal obviously, which changed a little bit our confidence.
“Then the second goal it was very difficult to react against a very good team.”
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