Pardew wants Newcastle to qualify for Europa League

The Magpies' boss keen to return to the good form shown earlier in the season and secure a return of European football at the Sports Direct Arena for next season

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew wants his team to maintain their challenge for a place in next season's Europa League.

Pardew has seen his side go without victory in their last four Premeir League games but believes that five wins from their remaining 10 fixtures could secure a place in Europe.

"We are saying we are going to push for Europe now and let our fans know we are going to try to push for it," he told reporters.

"We are going to need four or five wins and if we don't beat Norwich, that's going to look difficult in nine games, because that means the task will be that much harder.

"But if we win, then can we win three or four of our next nine? I think we can, and that would put us in with a great chance of Europe, so it's a very important game."

Liverpool currently sit seventh in the league, just two points behind the Magpies and the former Southampton boss acknowledged the challenge of holding off the League Cup winners.

"It's tough to get into Europe," He added.

"You have got a team with the finance and quality of Liverpool who could run us down.

"We will have to hold our hands up if that happens, but we are going to give them a good fight for their money.

"We are definitely focusing on Europe now, make no mistake about that, we have got ourselves into that position.

"But Alex Ferguson will tell you the last 10 games are the most important ones and we are in them now, so we will see how we get on."