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23-05-2018 | 14:53 Football

Benitez insists current Liverpool is better than 2005 winners

According to former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez Liverpool is better that the side he won the Champions League with back in 2005. Liverpool will face Real Madrid in this year’s final on Saturday. Benitez said: "We achieved what we achieved - they talk about the Miracle of Istanbul - but this team is better." Salah (10), Firmino (10) and Mane (9) all together have scored 29 goals in the Champions League making the highest scoring trio. "We had Stevie, of course, also some players with experience and quality, Alonso and Hamann. We had players who worked very hard, we had a good balance," he said. "This team also has good balance, but the front three can make a difference on their own. We had one player who maybe could make a difference on his own, and here they have three. "If we talk about the money spent, my budget was £20m. The value of this team is so much higher." The 58-year-old Newcastle boss was manager at Liverpool from 2004-2010.

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