Liverpool have been warned to expect no mercy from former boss Rafael Benitez in their quest to be crowned Premier League champions.
Despite reaching 91 points with two games still to play, the title is out of the Reds’ hands as Manchester City sit atop the table.
And Peter Crouch believes Benitez could yet have a telling contribution before the season finale.
The Spaniard spent six years at Anfield, winning the Champions League in his first season.
But the Premier League title eluded him and Crouch, a 2005 signing by Benitez, believes the 59-year-old will show no sentiment on Saturday evening at St James’ Park.
“This is the definitive weekend of the title race,” Crouch said in his Daily Mail column.
“I would expect both Manchester City and Liverpool to win their games on the final day, so whatever happens over this Bank Holiday will determine which team become champions.
“Will Liverpool be able to lift themselves after defeat in Barcelona?
“If there is one manager who will be able to exploit any slips, it is Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and I can assure you now the feelings he will have for his old club will mean nothing at kick-off on Saturday night.
“Rafa is cold and ruthless. If Burnley played Liverpool and I scored a goal to stop them becoming champions, I’m not sure how it would sit with me.
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“Rafa, by contrast, will not have given a moment’s thought to the implications of a Newcastle win.
“He just wants three points.”