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After last season's superb league finish the pressure is on the Magpies boss with their safety still not guaranteed and the manager wants a response against Liverpool

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insists that he is not fazed by criticism aimed at him by unhappy fans and hopes to win them back over with a run of good performances.

The Magpies lie in 16th place in the Premier League table, still not safe from relegation less than a year after they finished fifth.

For some fans the recent 3-0 derby defeat to Sunderland and a Europa League exit at the hands of Benfica have proved too much but Pardew is confident that he and the players can handle the pressure.

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"When criticism comes at a big football club like this, you have to be big enough and bold enough to deal with it," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's clash with Liverpool.

"Whether you're the manager, the player, the chief executive or the chairman, it comes with the territory. I've got absolutely no problem with that. There's only one way to deal with it and that's through performances."

Newcastle have taken 10 points from their last nine league games and desperately need a good result against Brendan Rodgers's men to keep their distance from the drop zone.

Pardew has had to contend with a number of injuries this season and feels that assuring their Premier League status should be counted as a success, when last season they had a more injury-free campaign.

"There's a determination within the group and the most important thing this season now is to get over the line," he added. "Anything else would be a bonus for us with the season we've had.

"You cannot have a season of finishing fifth, like we had last year, without momentum and some good fortune, too.

"When you have a team that has struggled for momentum all year it's difficult to reach those levels. Are we as strong as last year? We're not. But in terms of individuals, we can be, quite quickly.

"If we got a great result on Saturday, I wouldn't put it past us to win two more games but, if we lose, then we lose that little bit of momentum we gained at West Brom and suddenly you're fighting again to try to get those three points. It's a different pressure."

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