Rafa Benitez exclusive: James Pearce speaks to the last manager to win the European Cup for Liverpool


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We have a very special podcast for you as our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce speaks exclusively to Rafa Benitez from Madrid. Rafa, of course, is the last manager to bring the European Cup back to Anfield after he masterminded the magical victory over AC Milan in Istanbul 14 years ago. So who better to judge Jurgen Klopp's chances of following in his footsteps in Madrid on Saturday night? The Newcastle United boss is back in his hometown for the massive match with Tottenham Hotspur and in a must-listen chat with James he discusses:

▪ How he sees the final going

▪ How the managers will cope with the three-week break

▪ Whether it really is possible to treat this match as ‘any other game’

▪ How winning the Champions League with the Reds changed his life

▪ What winning on Saturday would do for Klopp and the club

▪ How Klopp’s current crop compares to his 2005 heroes

▪ The fitness dilemmas over Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane

▪ The power of Liverpool supporters

This is one not to be missed. Enjoy!

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