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Liverpool face a tough opening Champions League clash, as they take on Portuguese champions Porto in the Estádio do Dragao. Click here for latest odds.

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has criticised Rafa Benitez suggesting the Liverpool boss is fortunate to be in his job.

Allardyce believes Benitez has only kept his job because he has reached two Champions League finals with Liverpool.

Liverpool have finished fifth, third and third in the Premiership under Benitez and Allardyce believes the former Valencia coach would have been sacked were it not for his success in European competition.

Allardyce told Zoo magazine, said: “Rafa would be very lucky to be in a job if he hadn’t got to two Champions League finals, because they have had some very, very poor finishes poor finishes in the Premier League.

“While they are a very good Champions League team, they are not a Premier League-winning team yet.

“They don’t have that mentality to win that yet.

“Being a foreigner, Rafa doesn’t understand it’s supposed to be Premier League first and Champions League second.”

Liverpool face a tough opening Champions League clash, as they take on Portuguese champions Porto in the Estádio do Dragao. Click here for latest odds.

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