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Newcastle United eye top-four finish

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says his team believe they can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Report by BBC Sport

The St James’ Park club missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last season and are 10th at the moment.

But when asked if they could finish in the top four this time, Pardew said: “Yes, I do. I genuinely do. I still think we are in a good position.”

Newcastle face Liverpool this afternoon, looking for a first league win at Anfield in 18 years.

But Pardew is confident his side can end that barren run.

“I believe I can win every game,” Pardew said.

“I am Newcastle manager I shouldn’t be in a job if I don’t think I can win every game. We beat Manchester United 3-0 at home last year so if that doesn’t give you confidence nothing will.”

Pardew spoke of his respect for Liverpool and their manager Brendan Rodgers, but admitted he had been left baffled by the lack of backing his counterpart received in the summer transfer window.

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