Rafa Benitez has warned Jurgen Klopp that his Liverpool side must win a major trophy if they are to be remembered as a great team.
Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have lit up the Premier League, but Benitez says that will count for nothing if the club fail to become English or European champions.
The Newcastle boss, who returns to Anfield tonight, reflected on his Liverpool team of 2008-09 who were Premier League runners-up but did not lift any silverware.
‘The best we had was the team who finished second in the league with 86 points.’ said Benitez. ‘We beat Real Madrid in the Bernabeu 1-0, Man United 4-1, Real Madrid 4-0, then Aston Villa 5-0. They were days when we were playing attacking, aggressive football, similar to this Liverpool side. But they don’t talk about that week when we won 5-0 against Aston Villa.
‘They don’t remember the games. They remember trophies. The way you do things is important, yes, but after you have to win (trophies). This Liverpool side have the potential to do it. I like to watch them.
‘They play with quality and pace and that is what makes the difference in football.’