ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United fans are set for a “worrying” afternoon against Liverpool.
But Pardew’s also confident the visiting support at St James’s Park will also be on tenterhooks tomorrow in what he feels will be an end-to-end game.
Brendan Rodgers’ visitors take on Newcastle looking to build on a strong start to the campaign.
With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge expected to lead the line for Liverpool, there will be goals in the visiting XI.
But Pardew feels his team can cause them problems in a fixture which has never been goalless since 1974, and he feels that it will be an entertaining encounter.
“We’ll have to defend against Liverpool, take that as read, although we can cause them problems.” Pardew told the Gazette.
“So it’ll be an interesting game. For a neutral, it’ll be great to watch, but for Newcastle a bit worrying at times.”
Pardew is buoyed by the form of on-loan forward Loic Remy, whose two goals gave United a 2-1 win over Cardiff City before the international break.
United struggled for goals during last season’s relegation battle. And the challenge for Pardew – whose side has taken 10 points from its first seven games – is to get the balance right between defence and attack.
“The Premier League has only just started, really,” he said.
“After 10 games, we will look at the table and see where we are.
“But we do have a good idea of what we can do. When you look at us, we look like we have goals.
“Newcastle fans look at that, and the way I am trying to set that up. It’s an important ingredient.
“At the back end of last year, we didn’t look like we had a lot of goals in the team.
“This year there is much more of a threat. We just need to get that balance right. If we do, we can get more positive results”
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has failed to prove his fitness in time for the game, but Rodgers will have Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho back from injury.
Lucas Leiva is also available after a serving a one-match ban.