Benitez spent six years within the Anfield dugout between 2004 and 2010, famously guiding the Reds to a 5th Champions League name in his first marketing campaign in fee.
After spells in control of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter, the Spaniard guided Newcastle to promotion again to the Premier League closing season.
And now he’s set to regulate in opposition to his outdated membership, because the Magpies welcome Liverpool to St. James’ Park this weekend.
“Obviously, it’s a special game for me,” Benitez instructed Newcastle’s web page.
“It will be emotional, as a result of I spent such a lot of years there, and feature such a lot of just right recollections.
“My circle of relatives nonetheless are living in Liverpool, so it’s my house.
“I believe like I’ve a house right here, however my circle of relatives are there.
“I’ve a lot of sure, excellent relationships with Liverpool lovers, (together with) the households hooked up to Hillsborough.
“There are a lot of connections, and it will be very emotional.”
But Benitez will no longer let the emotive instance difficult to understand his imaginative and prescient of the task he should do.
“I’ve to pay attention to Newcastle United, seeking to win,“ he added.
“There are a lot of similarities between the 2 golf equipment and the towns.
“The lovers are very passionate – they observe the group and so they give a boost to the group, even if issues are incorrect.
“The two towns are towns of people that paintings very onerous, and know what it way to paintings very onerous.
“There is very large give a boost to for each groups – each have large stadiums, with all of the lovers at the back of, making a song always.“
Jurgen Klopp’s males sit down simply out of doors the Champions League puts forward in their commute to Tyneside, however have conceded extra objectives than some other group within the best part.
“People say they’re vulnerable in defence, however they’re so sturdy in assault that they are able to ranking objectives in any recreation,” he stated.
“They have a lot of probabilities in each and every recreation, and the principle factor for us is to take a look at and be cast – no longer giving them the danger to create such a lot of.
“The fact is, as a result of they’re so offensive, they infrequently have issues in defence.
“I’ve talked prior to now in regards to the ‘short blanket’ – for those who quilt your head, you might have your ft chilly, however for those who quilt your ft, you might have your head chilly.
“Sometimes, whilst you assault such a lot, you’re uncovered in defence. To to find the stability is essential if you wish to have probabilities to win titles.
“I believe they’re operating on that, and so they will nonetheless be very unhealthy going ahead, although they make some errors in defence.”