MASSADIO Haidara has come a long way in a short space of time.
Signed by Newcastle United from Nancy as one for the future three months ago, he’s already proved he’s one for the present.
Haidara’s hoping to make his eighth appearance for the club against Liverpool at St James’s Park tomorrow.
“It’s a massive match. When we played in France, this sort of game whet our appetites,” he said.
“Games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United – these are the sort of games you want to be involved in.
“I hope I can play. Even if I can’t play, I’ll still be happy to be there.”
Newcastle need another three points to be certain of their top-flight status, and Alan Pardew’s squad won’t be short of motivation on their first appearance on home turf since their Tyne-Wear derby defeat, which Haidara watched from the bench after Pardew opted to play Jonas Gutierrez as a makeshift left-back.
Liverpool have been beaten on their last two visits to St James’s Park.
However, the club hasn’t won three consecutive home fixtures against the Anfield club since 1950.
“I know we’ll definitely be up for the game,” said Haidara, who is already feeling at home at St James’s Park.
“If we win, we can definitely secure our status in the Premier League.
“There’s no doubt we’ll be motivated to go out there and get a result.
“We have a good record against Liverpool at home and I hope that will continue at the weekend.”