Newcastle earned a 2-2 draw on Benitez's most recent Anfield visit nearly two years ago, and he said, "It's not about me, or the managers, it's what happens out on the pitch".
Liverpool's other creative central midfielders, Gini Wijanldum and Adam Lallana have had seasons of highs and lows, especially Lallana, who has struggled with injury and had that moment of madness in an U23s game.
With fifth-placed Chelsea facing a tough assignment at the Etihad on Sunday, the Merseysiders' Champions League qualification prospects for next season are looking good as they are now seven points clear of Antonio Conte's side with just nine fixtures left.
Liverpool and Newcastle meet Saturday at Anfield with both teams looking to pick up three points as they battle for positioning at both ends of the table. His touch in the first half was unusually wasteful, though he later set up Mane with the goal that ended the game as a contest.
Michail Antonio struck a consolation goal for the visitors.
"I'm embarrassed", he told reporters.
"He's quick in decision-making and in running, a very important player for us". I couldn't assess it, it was that poor.
"But we didn't get any points. That was the poorest performance since I came here". "My family are still there and the connection is still there", continued the former Reds manager, wary of what his team will come up against.
However, the Magpies have not tasted league victory on the red half of Merseyside since 1994 and that is a situation he is desperate to address against Jurgen Klopp's high-flyers. We scored two wonderful goals and for sure should have had a penalty but didn't.
"The players gave me everything today and I can not ask for more than that", Pardew said. "The manager has to choose 11 players; I try my best and try to be ready at all times", Son said. "Liverpool is a great team and they are scoring a lot of goals". Sean Dyche's team have never won a Premier League game after falling behind.
Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games.
Everton defender Ashley Williams was sent off in the 86th minute after swinging his arm into Barnes' face.