Pardew aims to get psychology right for Newcastle United’s match at Anfield

NO EXCUSES ... Alan Pardew
NO EXCUSES ... Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew will turn to psychology to get his Newcastle United team ready to face Liverpool at Anfield.

The club hasn’t won at the stadium in the Premier League in more than 18 years.

And Pardew knows playing at Anfield, where Newcastle were beaten 3-1 last season, can be a daunting prospect.

“The history isn’t good,” Pardew said. “There’s no point talking about that - there’s no uplift.

“It’s a tough place. You can get emotionally involved in the way they build the game up. You’ve got to get past that.

“Most importantly, we’ve got to bring our game to the pitch. We don’t always do that at Liverpool.

“Teams freeze there. I didn’t think we froze last year, but I definitely thought we were in awe.

“I’m determined that doesn’t happen again.

“It would be a big, big win for us, even a draw would be a great result, to be honest.”

Pardew admits his side lacked “punch and ambition” at Liverpool last season.

“You’ve got to get the psychology in the dressing room right,” he added. “Last year, I didn’t think it was right.

“Sometimes it’s about the week before, sometimes it’s just about the mood.

“You’ve got to overcome all that, and make sure when you enter the pitch, you’re ready to go.

“Last year, although I thought we were ready to start the game, we just lacked punch and ambition.

“If you lack ambition at Liverpool, trust me, you’re getting beaten.”