Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed his desire to beat Liverpool and in part atone for the heavy defeat suffered by the Magpies against Brendan Rodgers’ Reds the last time the teams met in the Premier League, Sky
Liverpool travelled to Tyneside in April 2013, at the back end of last season, and romped to a 6-0 win over Newcastle in what Pardew described as one of his worst days in management. The match was Liverpool’s first without Luis Suarez, who a week earlier bit Branislav Ivanovic and was subsequently banned for 10 games.
“It was one of my worst days as Newcastle boss, for sure,” Pardew said. “It’s happened to bigger and better managers than me though – Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, they’ve all had those days, too,” he added. Ferguson indeed oversaw a 6-1 defeat at home to local rivals and Premier League title contenders Manchester City, while Wenger’s Arsenal conceded eight goals to United, both in recent seasons.
Pardew continued: “If there isn’t an extra bit of fire in the bellies of some of our players this weekend, then there’ll be something wrong. There’ll be quite a few players playing who played on that day, and I’d be disappointed if they don’t respond. That’s what you like to see. I certainly want to get a result more than in most games that we play.”
In the absence of Suarez in April, Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool’s inspiration, setting up a number of the game’s goals as Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini both scored once, and Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge each claimed braces.
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