Some may argue that attacking Liverpool would leave the Magpies open on the counter-attack, but Jurgen Klopp's men continue to make defensive errors and have - in Simon Mignolet - a goalkeeper who is also vulnerable.
Newcastle will look to sit deep at home as they did against Tottenham in their opening fixture and this could play into Liverpool's hands.
With two goals and two assists in the first three Premiership games this season, it seeme that Firminho's time had eventually come.
Benitez was coy over suggestions Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had invited him to dinner to discuss the future, but said he remains happy where he is.
Rafael Benitez has refused to rule out a romantic reunion with Liverpool in the future ahead of his Newcastle side's showdown with Jurgen Klopp's charges.
Newcastle will host Liverpool at 16:00 BST on Sunday 1 October at St James' Park.
Paul Dummett remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury meaning manager Rafael Benitez has an nearly full-squad to choose from. If Newcastle are to kick on from their good start to the League, they will need to score more goals.
In the last three games between the sides, both have won one game 2-0, with the other game ending in a 2-2 draw. Prior to that moment, and for the remainder of the tilt, Liverpool have dominated and managed to equalize only eight minutes later thanks to excellent Philippe Coutinho, who played a neat one-two with Sadio Mane and convincingly scored.
Daniel Sturridge is the favourite to score at 7/5.
Which XI will Klopp pick for the game?
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has sparked fury as the Premier League's big six want a greater share of TV money. Whether Benitez begins with either Joselu, Dwight Gayle or Aleksandar Mitrovic, none of them are likely to fill the opposition with dread.
This summer's arrival, Mohamed Salah, is already impressing as he is now the team's top scorer with six goals to his name, and will undoubtedly torture Newcastle defenders on this one.
As at Anfield, Newcastle fans have the manager's back; controlling the message is an underappreciated quality for a man with a shy public manner who many players have remarked is nearly impossible to get close to. Salah, Firmino, Mane, and Coutinho already have 15 goals between them, and they only played once together so far, so Rafa Benitez should be anxious. Klopp should start with his exciting attacking quartet of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Salah. Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are still recovering from their respective injuries.