TEAM NEWS: Andy Carroll & Craig Bellamy Start For Liverpool Against Newcastle United As Steven Gerrard Continues On Bench

Alan Pardew has insisted Newcastle United remain 'a big club' ahead of Friday evening's clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Magpies currently sit seventh in the Premier League, just one point behind Kenny Dalglish's sixth-placed side, after Boxing Day's 2-0 victory over Bolton put an end to the north-east club's six-game winless streak.

Despite Newcastle failing to compete in the upper reaches of the top-flight in recent years, Pardew insists his side remain one the country's big teams, and is relishing the chance to prove as such against Liverpool.

“Yeah, of course, they are huge clubs,” the manager told the Evening Chronicle.

“But so are we, we’re a big club, we must never forget the traditions and the history of this football club.

“We’ll take that to Anfield and we’ll get the respect that we deserve and hopefully get a win.

“It’s a great stadium, and the atmosphere’s going to be absolutely brilliant.

“That’s what you set the games up for. That win at Bolton has set it up, so hopefully we can produce our best. You’d like to think we can.”

Newcastle have not won at the Merseyside ground in the Premier League since April 1994, with only a single League Cup victory in 1995 since then, but the former West Ham boss insists such statistics have no bearing on his approach to the game.

He added: “Those stats don’t bother me; they’re more media-related than anything else.

“I have to say, just as a past player, not as a manager, it never really bothered me.

“It’s something to lean on as a manager after, and say ‘Well we ain’t won here for so long, so we weren’t expected to win’.

“But it’s not something I look to. We want to go there and try and win.”

Pardew's men will come up against former player Andy Carroll on Friday, and despite the £35 million's much-documented woes since his January switch, the 50-year-old remains convinced he will become a success for the Reds, once his is given a run in the team.

“Andy is a great player,” he added. “I think that when he gets a run in the Liverpool team it’ll be better for him and better for them too.

“Suarez’s suspension suggests he’ll probably get one now and I’m sure he’ll deliver.”

Another ex-Toon player who is set to line up at Anfield is Jose Enrique, with the Newcastle boss suggesting the Spaniard has been Liverpool's best player this season.

Pardew said: “You’re going to miss a great player and he has been Liverpool’s best player in my view.

“So, of course, yes, we do miss him.

“But we have done incredibly well without him and that’s mainly due to Ryan Taylor.

“He’s somebody who’s really gone in there as an emergency left-back and managed to keep producing.

“He made the goal for Hatem [Ben Arfa] just the other day. Astonishing performances from him.

“But we still miss Enrique, we loved him dearly.”

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