ALAN Pardew feels he has emerged from the testing start to the season as a better manager.
Pardew had his position questioned on a regular basis this season.
However, four wins in a row, in all competitions, have lifted the mood on Tyneside as Pardew nears his fourth anniversary as manager.
He said: “We have had a long four years.
“Some success gets forgotten, but I have always enjoyed it here and love the city.
“I would like to think I am coming out of this a better manager.
“It has been interesting and educational. It tests you, this club, on a number of levels.”
Ayoze Perez’s goal earned Newcastle and Pardew a famous 1-0 win over Liverpool.
He added: “It was a great day for us, because Liverpool is always a big, big target for this club.
“We’ve had some epic games against them and on Saturday I wouldn’t say it was an enthralling encounter, but it was interesting tactically.
“Brendan (Rodgers) surprised me by playing three at the back and that unsettled us at first.
“We struggled to have a foothold, but we have such pace in the team and we can defend deep. The back four were terrific and we always carried a threat.”
One of the features of Newcastle’s return to form has been the emergence of young players and Pardew says all players in his squad are equal.
He said: “We have a squad and they are all equal.
“One of two like (Fabricio) Coloccini and (Moussa) Sissoko carry reputations into the room, (Steven) Taylor and (Tim) Krul, but other positions are up for grabs.
“(Rolando) Aarons was terrific again. I’m encouraged with the players – we have a great balance.
“We feel kind of excited in the dressing room, but we have to deliver.”